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Thousands of the top universities are offering a range of courses online for FREE. That’s right, you can get access to amazing courses from universities from around the world in an incredibly wide range of topics. Although the courses don’t give you credits and you can’t qualify for a degree, this free library of resources in an asset to the curious and those who like a challenge, no matter your age.

Free online courses offer prospective students the opportunity to peek into the fields they are considering for a career. If you want to listen in on a lecture by an esteemed professor or at a top school, you can do so with an online course. This is also a great way to get a sneak peak at the top contenders when you are deciding which school you want to go to.

If you would like something to show for your efforts, some of these online universities offer a diploma course is you are willing to make a payment.

There is also a wealth of information for school students who are struggling to meet stringent college standards. We have included some math and science online universities which offer courses and course materials for free.

Here is a comprehensive list of courses you can enjoy for free online.

ALISON – over 60 million lessons for self-paced study

Coursera –Learn from over 542 courses on a wide range of topics

Carnegie Mellon University’s 15 Self-paced courses online including biology, logic, French, and statistics

Stanford Online: Enjoy free online courses through this Ivy League school

Princeton See streamed lectures on iTunes channels and enjoy audio lectures, notes and online textbooks too

MIT Open CourseWare – Free access to MIT courses including video lectures, audio lectures, online textbooks and notes. Many courses available in a variety of languages

Open YALE Courses – Introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale

Khan Academy – Watch thousands of micro-lectures and enjoy courses on school and university subjects

Zooniverse – Take part in a huge variety of interesting courses which explore nature, science, and culture

TUFTS Open CourseWare – TUFTS offers courses in all areas of interest. It’s a great place to try out your college courses before you commit to a field of study

Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Choose from Harvard courses on a variety of medical subjects, enjoy video lectures from top teachers

Maths & Science – Courses, tests and learning materials about mathematics and science for students from first to twelfth grade

edX.org – Free courses by MIT, Harvard, Barkley, Georgetown, Boston University, University of Washington, Karolinska Institute, Kyoto University and many more

Duke U – Duke offers a wide selection of free courses on iTunes. You can search on iTunes for other university courses from prestigious schools

Kutztown University’s free courses – More than 80 free business online courses which are especially good for the budding entrepreneur

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