International students do not have to pay tuition to listen to lectures given at the world’s best colleges and universities. There are a number of schools making online audio and video lectures available to self-learners around the world. These lectures can be downloaded or played for free on your computer.
While it is true that no degree is awarded to unregistered students who partake in this sort of learning, there are still many benefits to listening to free online lectures. International students can gain knowledge in a specific subject area, familiarize themselves with U.S. teaching style, prepare for future courses, and practice English listening skills.
Here is a list of top colleges and universities that offer free online lectures to anyone with an Internet connection.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lectures – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers more free online lectures and courses than any other school in the world. Lectures can be viewed on MIT’s OCW site and on this YouTube channel.
Yale University Lectures – Yale University provides a wonderful selection of free online courses and lectures. Most can be viewed as audio or video and include supplemental learning materials.
Stanford University Lectures – Stanford University provides access to a number of free audio and video lectures through the iTunes Store. Although some materials can only be viewed by Stanford students, most are freely available to the general public.
Princeton University Lectures – Princeton University has an impressive collection of free video lectures on their website. The University also streams special events and sporting activities.
Columbia University Lectures – Columbia University hosts a video gallery of university lectures and events on their website. The gallery also includes photos, captions, and other interesting materials.
Carnegie Mellon University Lectures – Video recordings of Carnegie Mellon’s events and lectures can be viewed on the University’s YouTube channel. The channel is still under construction but is frequently updated with new videos and resources.
University of California – Berkeley Lectures – Every semester, UC Berkeley records the school’s most popular courses and events and then makes them available online. Most lectures are available in audio and video formats.
University of Southern California Lectures – The University of Southern California posts video lectures on nearly every subject imaginable. Videos are available on the universities YouTube channel, which also includes playlists and a list of school channels.
UCLA Lectures – The University of California – Los Angeles offers a nice selection of faculty research lectures on their website. Lectures can be enjoyed as streaming audio or video.
Vanderbilt University Lectures – Free online video lectures from Vanderbilt University can be viewed on the school’s YouTube Channel. New videos are added each week.
Karen Schweitzer is an education writer who specializes in writing about business education. She is the Business School Guide for About.com. She also writes online colleges reviews for OnlineColleges.net.