Imagine being able to access a world-class education from the comfort of your own home and without spending a dime.Â Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can now listen to free online lectures and take free online classes from some of the very best colleges and universities around the world.Â More and more top colleges and universities are making video and audio materials available through their own websites, YouTube EDU, or iTunesU.
Take a course on Ancient Greek History or The Fundamentals of Physics from faculty at Yale University. Listen to an Oxford don lecture on Shakespeare. Ponder the meaning of justice with a Harvard professor. Whether you are a prospective student looking to get a peek inside the classroom of some of the world’s most prestigious colleges and universities, an international student wanting to practice your English listening skills, or just an intellectually curious individual seeking the pure joy of learning for its own sake, you will find what you are looking for in our list of the top 25 colleges and universities offering free online classes and lectures.
1. Cambridge University – A growing collection of free lectures, courses and university programs from the storied British university available on iTunes U.
4. Cornell University – Free online lectures and course content made available through eCommons@Cornell.
6. Emory University – Download free online courses, speeches, lectures, music, news and more on Emory’s iTunes U page.
8. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Hundreds of free lectures, courses, notes and exams in every subject available through MIT’s OpenCourseWare project. Additional video lectures available on the school’s YouTube channel.
9. Northwestern University – Free online classes, lectures, concerts, news and other university programs available on NU’s YouTube channel.
10. Open University – The United Kingdom’s “University of The Future” offers numerous free online courses and lectures on iTunes U.
11. Oxford University – Free public lectures, interviews, courses, forums from one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
14. Princeton University – Numerous free audio and video lectures and seminars from top scholars at Princeton and around the world going back to the late 1990′s.
16. Stanford University – The first university to make free online courses and lectures available to the public through iTunes U continues to build on the tradition.
19. University of Chicago – Free online lectures, interviews, student films and performances available on UC’s iTunes U page.
21. University of Notre Dame – Free online lectures, courses and university programs available on ND’s YouTube channel.
22. University of Southern California – These free lectures, courses and panel discussions will give you a taste of the USC experience, minus the sunshine and cool ocean breeze.
23. University of Texas at Austin – University lecture series available online through UT’s School of Undergraduate Studies. Also hosts the World Lecture Hall, a searchable directory of free online course material from top scholars around the world.
25. Yale University – Currently offering 25 different course online in everything from biomedical engineering to religious studies. Additional free lectures and programs can also be found on Yale’sÂ iTunes U site and YouTube channel.