You can learn something new from some of the most prestigious schools around the globe without leaving your couch.

By Jennifer Aldrich
March 20, 2020

Spending time at home might give you a little cabin fever, but the time indoors can provide an opportunity to stimulate your mind. After you've sanitized your home, watched zoo animals wander around, and sent cards to your friends and family, you can take some time to learn something new with free online courses from top universities around the world. And, you can do it all with just the click of a button.

There are 943 universities that offer free (or free to audit) courses include all eight Ivy League schools and are available on the Class Central website. To take advantage of these classes, go to the site, search what you want to learn about, and follow the sign-up instructions. To help you parse through all the possibilities, here are a few (broken down by subject matter) that look especially interesting.

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Food

As you're home eating all the snacks, you could learn a thing or two about your nosh, too.

Life

During this time of unpredictability, just about everyone is facing challenges, and it might be helpful to learn more about both ourselves and others.

Music

First, watch celebrities perform virtual concerts on social media, then check out these musical offerings.

  • "Introduction to Classical Music" is a beginner-friendly class taught by Craig Wright from Yale University. In nine weeks, Wright explores the works of some of the finest musicians, including Bach, Mozart, and Puccini.
  • "Listening to World Music" lets you learn about cultures from around the world through songs. Carol Muller from the University of Pennsylvania is the teacher for the offering that asks for five-to-seven hours of effort each week.

Women

It's timely to register for these courses focusing on women since March is women's history month.

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