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Thousands of free online courses to broaden your horizons

Thousands of free online courses to broaden your horizons
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Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Anyone can enroll in a local community college or university to take classes to broaden their horizons. In fact, doing so might be among your New Year's resolutions.

But what if you don't have a few thousand dollars for tuition and textbooks, or the extra time? There's a site called Open Culture and it has thousands of free classes you can take online, for free, from top universities around the country such as Harvard, Duke, Notre Dame, MIT, Yale and many more. You can even take some classes from Oxford in England.

You'll find online courses in architecture and art history, all the way to psychology and philosophy with business and marketing courses in between. There are also 40 different languages you can learn like French, German or Russian, for free. Some courses even have certificates to prove you completed them.

Even easier yet, you can watch lessons and lectures in iTunes or YouTube. There are more than 30,000 hours of content available, so the hardest part might be deciding which course to take! On top of that, many courses have audio for listening in the car or around the house.

Open Culture also offers free textbooks to download as well as hundreds of free audiobooks, hundreds of free eBooks, even classic movies and documentaries too.

What sort of fun things will you learn? There's only one way to find out!

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