Free online courses for learning new skills in 2021

It’s time to forget about 2020, and make yourself the best version by learning new skills. We have found some of the best courses online and they are even free! Learn something new and you won’t have to break the bank to do so. Here are five of the best that we found. 


If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the human brain or change your career to a therapist, then this introduction to psychology course is the one for you. It’s hosted by the university of Toronto and promises to explore human development and mental health. 

Duration: approx 23 hours to complete

Find it here.


Ever wanted to learn how to increase your happiness and build more productive habits? Now is your chance with this course from Yale University! It aims to help you recognise the negative impacts on your life and how to deal with them. 

Duration: approx 19 hours to complete

Find it here


Wanting a career change and to explore another industry? Definitely try this course and see if you are interested in understanding human resources. You can reflect on the challenges and decide if this taster session is for you. 

Duration: 2 weeks

Find it here


Ever wanted to learn the basics of Japanese and learn the language? Now is your chance to take this course to understand the basics of the grammar and language starting with hiragana and katakana. It’s offered by Saint Petersburg State University and has further courses for those interested in becoming fluent.

Duration: approx 20 hours to complete.

Find it here


For those of you wanting to enter the modern age, you can learn how to code with this free course. It’ll teach you from scratch and how to understand the programming language. The course will show you the fundamental principles of computing and make you into a budding software engineer. 

Duration: approx 12 hours to complete.

Find it here.

Words by Jenna Rink

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