• Julia

Learn something new online (and for free)

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

The fact that you have landed on my website means that you are curious. Curious about the world, curious about the future and curious about you and your communities.

Well, I have good news for you because in the history of human kind it has never been easier to learn something new!

"In the history of human kind it has never been

easier to learn something new"

"Concerned about money?"

Concerned about money? During the next holiday where you don't have anything to do - sign up for a free trial at sites that cost money and make the most of the free month they give you. In four weeks you can learn a lot! But don't worry most of my recommendations are free!

I know some of you are going to go straight to the things that you are familiar with. But I encourage you to also open your mind to novel topics. Many great ideas come from merging concepts from seemingly unrelated disciplines! The world is not compartmentalized - so go out and explore.

"Many great ideas come from merging concepts

from seemingly unrelated disciplines!"

Khan Academy

= absolutely free!

Offers online courses for learners from 5-year olds to 100-year olds in areas like:

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Computer Science

  • Careers

  • Health and Medicine

  • Engineering

  • Math

  • History

  • Science

  • Economics and Finance

  • Personal Finance

  • Music

  • Test Prep (e.g SAT but also MCAT, LSAT and more)

...Isn't this amazing?? Oh yeah, and don't forget to watch the inspiring story behind Khan Academy in this TED talk. Talking about TED...


= you pay per course

I LOVE this site, it has so many different courses from childhood psychology to Tai Chi to programming. It's great! Unfortunately some of these courses are really expensive...

But Udemy has many discounts so if you have your eyes set on a particular course, just wait for the next big sale.

Offers courses in:

  • Web, Software, Game Development and co

  • Business (e.g Human Resources, Law, Media, Finances...)

  • Personal Development (Happiness, Creativity, Self-Esteem...)

  • Design (Game, Web, 3D...)

  • Lifestyle (Pet Care, Beauty & Make-Up, Food... (I know) )

  • Photography

  • Heath & Fitness (Yoga, Nutrition, Meditation...)

  • Music

  • Test Prep (SAT, TOEFL etc)

  • Teacher Training

  • High school courses (Science, Engineering, Language, Psychology...)

  • And many more


= free and beautifully designed.

Offers gorgeous, interactive videos on a broad range of topics! I promise you, click on the link and let yourself be taken into a world of knowledge. It's amazing!!


*German for "In a Nutshell"

= Youtube Channel (free)

Similar to TEDEd this channel has beautifully designed videos on many different interesting topics. Perfect for a few hours of procrast... ehmm... explorative learning!


= a free great way to learn something new while driving, cooking, drawing...

Chances are that your phone already has some form of podcast app on it - if not: just download any podcast app (I am using Castbox). You'll not only find a range of entertaining podcasts but also many on topics like

  • History

  • Psychology

  • Business

  • Entrepreneurship

  • (Probably many more but those are just the one's I listen to)

I recently learned that Oxford has a range of educational podcasts online. Personally I am a big fan of NPR and ABC RN.

Particularly the TED radio hour, Hidden Brain, Invisibilia and Revisionist History are really worthwhile checking out.

For very skilled learners: try to listen to podcasts in a different language!

Class Central

= free search engine for free courses (double free :)

This is a search engine (so it has more course areas than I could possibly list here) that allows you to browse free online courses from many different universities like MIT, Stanford or Harvard. Especially if you are looking for a specific skill you want to learn, this is a great tool to use. But I would recommend to check it out even if you just want to browse. I mean = it's free


= free...sort of.

I believe that you can access all courses for free but have to pay to get the certificate.

They do offer an amazing range of courses like maths, business, computer science, IT history, music etc but also things like:



Personal Development

Business (Entrepreneurship, Finance, Leadership...)

Governance and Society


(Much, much more)

Varsity Tutors Virtual School Day

Nearly 200 free, live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children's day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are "Intro to Spanish for Kids", "Coolest Women in History", "Java Programming Basics", and "The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales". We have received exceptional ratings from thousands of parents and students.

Varsity Tutors Virtual Summer Camps

Free half-day summer camps are a week-long, with enrichment-based classes in subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography, and more. These live, interactive camps will be taught by expert instructors vetted through Varsity Tutors' platform. We already have 300+ camps scheduled for the summer and 2,000 families per day signing up.

Lynda (LinkedIn's learning Platform)

= fairly expensive but offers a free trial month!

My university actually gives me access to this and I did a course on online-animation which was pretty good. They mostly have skill-oriented courses like 3D animation, photography, video, web development, IT, Education and business. But if you are interested in design this may be a fun project for a holiday!

Your nearest library

= 100% free!

I know... Those still exist... I am such a nerd but I just wanted to remind you :)

Also: most libraries nowadays have online repositories where you can borrow ebooks or audiobooks!


= free computer and data science classes

Okay, so I don't understand most of the acronyms used on this site but it looks like a pretty amazing platform with free computer science, artificial intelligence and programming courses.


= Free app to learn programming


= Few free courses, mostly paid but offers scholarships!

For tech courses in programming, data science, artificial intelligence etc. On top of courses you also get one-on-one mentorship and real-world projects to work on.

Their courses do cost money but they offer scholarships!


= 10 USD/month (yearly subscription)

Offers courses in maths, science and computer science.

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