Top 100 Free Online Courses
From Top Universities Worldwide
in 2017 (MOOCs)

​More and more Ivy League and other top-ranking institutions, such Harvard, Yale, MIT, Berkeley and Stanford, are offering free online courses that anyone can participate in. These "Massive Online Open Courses" (in short MOOCs), give students worldwide the chance to obtain degrees from famous universities, free from the constraints of geography and socioeconomic status.

Normally, these schools are normally highly selective and very difficult to get into. Now YOU have the chance to get involved and freely enroll in their courses!

These elite institutions currently offer a few hundred courses online, divided over a number of online course platforms. The former exclusivity of these programmes is slowly dissolving, now that today you can freely enroll in any of the courses (listed below). As long as you have a proper internet connection.

Let's say you complete a course. Then you can often choose to get an official certificate (for a relatively low price), which can be used as visual proof of completion (for a future employer for example). Whether you completed it with or without a diploma, you have the knowledge either way. And putting the words "Harvard" or "Yale" on your CV after completion definitely makes you stand out from all other job-applicants. Which further increases your odds to get that dream job you always wanted.

Now, I have assembled the list below through a number of dedicated search engines[1. These include: www.class-central.com. , www.coursera.org , www.edx.org ] Naturally, all of the Universities cover a wide range of different subjects in their online courses. So to make it easy for you, I have taken the liberty to divide them into different categories[2. We ranked all courses on number of reviews received (with an overall average of over 4 starts)]. This, while filtering out courses that have very similar content, to prevent overlap. So for example, there is only 1 HTML course, not 4, while they all might have many positive reviews.

For the most popular course on edX (from Harvard) click HERE. For the most popular course on Coursera (Rated by over 21.000 people!) click HERE.

Course Categories

You can click on each category, which will take you to the designated subject on the page. Saves you some scrolling. Furthermore, clicking on any of the course-titles below will take you directly to the webpage where you can enroll in it. If you find our list useful, please don't forget to share it. This helps other people find it too!

Business & Management Courses

Marketing in a Digital World

University of Illinois via Coursera

(Rated by: 2512 )

Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies

Duke University via Coursera

(Rated by: 2466 )

Strategic Management

Copenhagen Business School via Coursera

(Rated by: 1162 )

Design Thinking for Innovation

University of Virginia via Coursera

(Rated by: 849 )

Managing Data Analysis

John Hopkins University via Coursera

(Rated by: 719 )

Foundations of Everyday Leadership

University of Illinois via Coursera

(Rated by: 425 )

Internet Giants: The Law and Economics of Media Platforms

The University of Chicago via Coursera

(Rated by: 326 )

Construction Project Management

Columbia University via Coursera

(Rated by: 238)

Leadership Through Social Influence

Northwestern University via Coursera

(Rated by: 222 )

Innovation Management

Erasmus University Rotterdam via Coursera

(Rated by: 163 )

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Countries

Harvard University via edX

(Rated by: 111 )

Arts & Humanities Courses

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

Indian School of Business via Coursera

(Rated by: 2397 )

Introduction to Philosophy

The University of Edinburgh via Coursera

(Rated by: 1905)

Buddhism and Modern Psychology

Princeton University via Coursera

(Rated by: 1902 )

Moral Foundations of Politics

Yale University via Coursera

(Rated by: 738)

Model Thinking

University of Michigan via Coursera

(Rated by: 708 )

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World: Lesser Vehicle

University of Virginia via Coursera

(Rated by: 458)

Global Diplomacy - Diplomacy in the Modern World

University of London via Coursera

(Rated by: 321)

Moralities of Everyday Life

Yale University via Coursera

(Rated by: 198 )

Effective Altruism

Princeton University via Coursera

(Rated by: 173)

De-Mystifying Mindfulness

University of Leiden via Coursera

(Rated by: 168 )

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry

University of Pennsylvania via Coursera

(Rated by: 130 )

Computer Science Courses

Software Processes and Agile Practices

University of Alberta via Coursera

(Rated by: 1229)

Algorithms, Part 1

Princeton University via Coursera

(Rated by: 1168)

Introduction to Typography

California Institute of Arts via Coursera

(Rated by: 1040)

Cryptography 1

Stanford University via Coursera

(Rated by: 800)

Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains

University System of Georgia via Coursera

(Rated by: 726)

Machine Learning

Stanford University via Coursera

(Rated by: 284)

Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals

Google Cloud via Coursera

(Rated by: 266)

Introduction to User Experience Design

Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera

(Rated by: 243)

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

Princeton University via Coursera

(Rated by: 216)

Introduction to Computer Science

Harvard University via edX (Most popular course on edX!)

(Rated by: 146)

The Analytics Edge

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) via edX

(Rated by: 69)

Engineering Courses

The Age of Sustainable Development

Columbia University via Coursera

(Rated by: 1006)

Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera

(Rated by: 607)

Wind Energy

Technical University of Denmark via Coursera

(Rated by: 521)

Organic Solar Cells - Theory and Practice

Technical University of Denmark via Coursera

(Rated by: 426)

Greening The Economy: Sustainable Cities

Lund University via Coursera

(Rated by: 348)

Introduction to Physical Chemistry

University of Manchester via Coursera

(Rated by: 168)

General Chemistry: Concept Development and Application

Rice University via Coursera

(Rated by: 155)

Health & Medicine Courses

Stanford Introduction to Food and Health

Stanford University via Coursera

(Rated by: 3009)

Introductory Human Physiology

Duke University via Coursera

(Rated by: 1152)

The Addicted Brain

Emory University via Coursera

(Rated by: 841)

Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health

The University of North Carolina via Coursera

(Rated by: 711)

Psychological First Aid

John Hopkins University via Coursera

(Rated by: 674)

Introduction to the Biology of Cancer

John Hopkins University via Coursera

(Rated by: 628 )

Introduction to Neuroeconomics: How the Brain Makes Decisions

Higher School of Economics via Coursera

(Rated by: 476 )

Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials

John Hopkins University via Coursera

(Rated by: 410 )

Medical Neuroscience

Duke University via Coursera

(Rated by: 384 )

Epidemics - The Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

The Pennsylvania State University via Coursera

(Rated by: 376 )

Bioinformatics

University of Toronto via Coursera

(Rated by: 367 )

Social Sciences Courses

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

University of California, San Diego via Coursera

(Rated by: 21.974)

Buddhism and Modern Psychology

Princeton University via Coursera

(Rated by: 1902)

Positive Psychology

University of North Carolina via Coursera

(Rated by: 1312)

The Science of Everyday Thinking

University of Queensland via edX

(Rated by: 1163)

The Global Financial Crisis

Yale University via Coursera

(Rated by: 857)

Moral Foundations of Politics

Yale University via Coursera

(Rated by: 739)

Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne via Coursera

(Rated by: 619)

Introduction to International Criminal Law

Case Western Reserve University via Coursera

(Rated by: 500)

A Law Student's Toolkit

Yale University via Coursera

(Rated by: 283)

Roman Art and Archaeology

University of Arizona via Coursera

(Rated by: 174)

Justice

Harvard University via edX

(Rated by: 66)

Programming Courses

HTML, CSS and JavaScript

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via Coursera

(Rated by: 5254)

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 1)

Rice University via Coursera

(Rated by: 2935 )

Object Oriented Programming in Java

University of California, San Diego via Coursera

(Rated by: 2241 )

Introduction to Programming with MATLAB

Vanderbilt University via Coursera

(Rated by: 996)

Database Management Essentials

University of Colorado Sytem via Coursera

(Rated by: 907)

Principles of Game Design

Michigan State University via Coursera

(Rated by: 684)

Control of Mobile Robots

Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera

(Rated by: 405)

Learn to Program: The Fundamentals

University of Toronto via Coursera

(Rated by: 342)

Beginning Game Programming using C#

Uiniversity of Colorado System via Coursera

(Rated by: 267)

Build Your First Android App

CentraleSupélec via Coursera

(Rated by: 260)

Education, Language & Teaching Courses

Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help You Master Tough Subjects

University of California, San Diego via Coursera

(Rated by: 21.974)

Chinese for Beginners

Peking University via Coursera

(Rated by: 2284)

Teach English Now! Foundational Principles

Arizona State University via Coursera

(Rated by: 1880)

First Step Korean

Yonsei University via Coursera

(Rated by: 1304)

English for Journalism

University of Pennsylvania via Coursera

(Rated by: 424)

Magic in the Middle Ages

Universitat de Barcelona via Coursera

(Rated by: 259)

Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing

University of London via Coursera

(Rated by: 232)

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper (Project-Centered Course)

École Polytechnique via Coursera

(Rated by: 164)

TOEFL Test Preparation: The Insider's Guide

Educational Testing Service (ETS) via edX

(Rated by: 132)

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