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You can now take many McGill courses FREE online

Have you ever wanted to take a course at one of the most prestigious universities in the world without paying a penny? Now you can.

McGill University offers free online courses in a variety of subjects through a collaboration between the educational institution and an online learning platform called EdX. To date, a total of four courses have been made available free of charge.

EdX says the courses give people around the world the opportunity to advance the skills needed for a job or to advance their education.

“We believe that education is the key to unlocking potential, to driving innovation and evolution. Yet access to high quality education – and in some cases, access to any education at all – has been the privilege of the few,” EdX explained. “We imagined a new reality. One where education is agile and accessible. One where everyone is invited and included.

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You can learn about the science behind natural disasters or even an understanding of food and its impact on health and society then and now.

Anyone can join and all you need to get started is a computer with an internet connection.

“You will be asked to upload photos of your work throughout the course, so access to a camera/webcam is helpful but not required,” the site says.

Classes can also be taken at your own pace, but there will be an estimate of the average expected duration. When you complete your course, verified learners – those who pay upgraded fees – will receive a certificate.

Don’t like the courses offered by McGill? Carefree. EdX also offers courses from top schools like Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, University of Toronto, and UBC.

There are thousands of courses at hundreds of universities around the world, so you’re bound to find something that piques your interest.

With files from Nikitha Martins of Daily Hive