How to Take Free Online Courses

By Riz Khan

A college education is a great asset, but enrolling in a four-year degree program is not financially feasible for everyone. The Internet offers a number of resources that allow you to sign up for free courses. Some resources offer a variety of basic courses from the top U.S. universities, whereas others offer specialty courses in a specific field, such as languages or information technology. Before you sign up for a free course, do your research and find the institution or website that offers the course you want to take.

Step 1

Take free online courses on Web development and programming languages from the W3Schools website. W3Schools is administered by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a body that establishes website development policies and guidelines.

Step 2

Sign up for a free online course at the E-learning Center website. The website offers 10 different courses in the fields of management, software training and website development. To sign up for a particular course, enter your name and email address in the respective text fields and click the "Submit Registration" button. Click the verification link sent to your email address. You will be redirected to the Free Courses Gateway Web page. Select the course that you want to take from the given list.

Step 3

Take free online language courses at the Word 2 Word website. Click the language that you want to learn. You will be redirected to another Web page that offers free specialty courses for the selected language. This useful resource offers language training courses on more than 100 languages spoken in different parts of the world.

Step 4

Take free online courses on a wide range of academic fields via the Open Culture website. This resource offers a compendium of more than 300 courses on different subjects, including archaeology, mathematics, physics, cultural studies and others, from the top U.S. universities. Lectures are accessible via YouTube links or in the form of downloadable MP3s.