If before the pandemic, online courses from universities abroad were already a great option to have contact with the teaching methodology of international excellence and, even, to give an up in the curriculum, with the quarantine, then, this type of learning gained even more projection.
Estudar Fora brought together the course options offered by some of the most prestigious universities in Europe, from higher education institutions that are among the best in the world. Check out!
University College London
Founded in 1826, University College London is one of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom (although behind Oxford and Cambridge) and there are plenty of virtual courses offered by the institution. On the UCL page dedicated to online courses, there are 219 options, divided between Professional Development and Personal Learning.
Among the subdivisions by theme, the most numerous is that of Languages and Communication, with 37 items, followed by Science, Engineering and Technology, with 36 options, among other categories, such as Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Medicine, and Law.
One of these courses is the Anthropology of Social Networks. Free and five weeks long, it aims to discuss the consequences of digital media, based on a comparative and anthropological analysis of its users worldwide. The content is based on the work of nine anthropologists who spent 15 months each in countries like Brazil, Chile, China, and Turkey to research the use of social networks in different contexts.
Imperial College London
Imperial College London is a world reference in science and technology, having developed impact research over its more than 110 years of existence. So much so, that the British institution is behind some of the most sound predictions about Covid-19’s spread and mortality rates.
The center of excellence offers 29 options of short-term online courses, offered free of charge by the edX and Coursera platforms. Since we mentioned research by Imperial College on the pandemic, one of these courses is precise “Science Matters: Let’s talk about Covid-19” developed by three professors from J-IDEA, the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analysis. Over the course of 16h, the student will be able to learn to track trends about the disease from reliable sources of information, in addition to knowing the main scientific foundations of evidence-based outbreak control.
The Institute also offers free online courses on topics such as Climate Change, Accounting, Creative Thinking, among others.
Cambridge University is the second oldest English-speaking university in the world – behind Oxford. Although it does not have an extensive range of free online courses, having the experience of some of them in the curriculum basically means having a fast education certified by the same institution through which emblematic figures such as Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin pass.
Eight MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) options are available via the web, in addition to an eight-month program on Writing for the Entertainment Industry.
There are also courses already taught on other platforms and formats, such as Adaptation to Climate Change (in audio) and Marxism (via YouTube), without the option of certification. There is also the prestigious Cambridge platform for those who want to learn English.
Constantly well positioned in the rankings that deal especially with the area of Engineering and Technology, the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, offers eight online courses in the field of Computer Science, such as Introduction to Web Cartography (available in two parts, from six weeks each).
The lesson packages themselves are free, but anyone who wants to obtain a certificate needs to pay R $ 282. The courses are taught in English.
Online courses from universities in other European countries
Germany: Technical University of Munich
One of the best higher education institutions in Germany, Technische Universität München -TUM (Technical University of Munich) offers four options for online courses of the MOOCs type, with subtitles in English and Portuguese (from Portugal). One of these courses is the Digitalisation of the Aerospace Industry, dedicated to examining the transformations that are already taking place and the probable changes that are to come, leading to a discussion on the following question: “what will the aerospace science of the future be like?”
There is also another option for those who want to learn about acoustics in Communication. They are classes for ten months, free of charge (costing R $ 164 for the certificate), taught by the greatest specialists in acoustics, all affiliated with the main technical universities in Germany. Among the topics discussed over the period are sound capture, automatic speech recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, product sound design, and audio coding.
France: Université PSL – Paris, Sciences & Lettres
Arts, sciences, and engineering are at the heart of Université PSL’s intellectual and scientific ambition in the French capital. On the online courses platform, there are 26 options for Massive Open Online Courses, mainly on topics such as economics and computing. One of them is about Approximation Algorithms, with 36 hours of duration and subtitles in Portuguese (from Portugal).
Netherlands: TU Delft (Technical University of Delft)
The Technical University of Delft is one of the most important higher education institutions in the Netherlands – and there is no shortage of courses to be taken at a distance, via the internet. There are 30 pages of courses on the TU Delft website, including MOOCs, Professional Education, Online Academic Course, and Program (a little more extensive). Among the topics are Engineering (Electrical, Marine, Aerospace, Civil and Chemical), Industrial Design, Technology, Computer Science and Mathematics.
One of these programs, which can be done at any time, is Electromobility, taught in English. There are four courses, ranging from the basic fundamentals of Electric Cars to Public Policies on this type of technological innovation.