38 free Harvard courses you can take online right now

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  • Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX has thousands of free online classes and paid certificate programs.
  • Harvard University offers over 145 free online courses through the online learning platform.
  • Below, you can find 38 of the most interesting ones, from computer science to public speaking.

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Whether you want to learn in-demand career skills from one of the best schools in the world, or just want to know what sitting in a Harvard class is like, the good news is: you can do it completely for free.

Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is a popular online learning platform and nonprofit working to democratize learning. Obstacles like steep tuition and location are no longer barriers when classes are available online for free or at affordable prices. 

The platform’s 2,500+ online courses are free to audit, and many of the courses are sourced from the world’s top universities, including MIT, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, the University of Michigan, NYU, and more. Of all the courses on edX, about 145 are from Harvard, spanning subjects from computer science to public speaking.

You can audit these classes for free or opt to pay $50-$200 for features like graded homework and certificates of completion that you can add to your resume or LinkedIn profile. 

The 38 best free online Harvard courses:

Descriptions provided by edX.