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30 free Harvard courses you can take online, including the popular CS50 series


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  • Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX has thousands of free online classes and paid certificate programs.
  • Through the platform, Harvard University offers more than 140 free online courses.
  • Below, you can find 30 of the most interesting ones, from computer science to poetry.

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

The platform’s 2,500+ online courses are free to audit. 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, about 145 are from Harvard — spanning subjects from public health and history to programming and poetry.

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.

30 of the most interesting free online Harvard courses (with descriptions provided by edX):



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