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Prestigious universities within everyone’s reach
Today I will present you the list of free courses of the University of Chile, which you can access by clicking on the button below.
Although you can go directly to the list without having to read all the information I share with you, I advise you to read the options I present in this guide, to make sure that in the end you do not have to pay to use the resources of the platform and you can get the material for free.
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Once you click the button to see the list of free courses at the University of Chile, you will be directed to Coursera, an educational service platform where you can find thousands of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), in a wide range of subjects and taught by the best universities in the world.
Free Courses from the University of Chile on Coursera
When you decide to enroll in any of the courses, you will see different enrollment options, including the option to. “audit the course” free of charge, and that of taking the “complete course without certificate”.
As I mentioned to you earlier, there are 2 ways to take these online courses (valued at hundreds of dollars), without having to pay for them. These are:
- Choose the option to take the “full course, no certificate”, which allows you to view all the course materials, submit the required assessments, and get a final grade. However, this option will not allow you to obtain a certificate at the end of the course.
- Select the “audit course” option, with which you will not get a certificate, final grade and will have to follow the course on your own (without guidance from a tutor); but it has the huge advantage that you will receive the study material completely free of charge.
Depending on the specific course, you will generally have one option or the other.
Steps to audit a course for free.
- Click on the option that says: sign up for free.
- Select the option that says “audit the course”. You will see the option (almost hidden) under the blue button (highlighted in red in the following image)
Note: do not select the option to start a free trial, as this is simply a 7-day trial of the paid option.
Coursera often changes the way it displays the options depending on the country you are in, but in many of the courses you will find the “audit only” option as follows:
Programs or specializations
In the case of specializations or complete programs of study, which are generally made up of several courses, you will not see the free options when you click on the button you find on the main page.
This is because the free ones are only available for individual courses.
How to take a full major without having to pay.
As I mentioned above, the free options are valid only for individual courses; so in the case of specializations, as they are generally made up of 4 or more courses, you will have to register for each of the courses separately, if you want to take it for free.
To access the courses within the programs or specializations, click on the option to register, and then register individually for each of them.
You can find them at the bottom of the main page of each specialization program, or by clicking on the courses tab (not on all pages).
Once you find the individual course you wish to take, you will need to select the option to “audit the course” (which you find below the start free trial button).
How can I get a certificate of completion
If upon completion of auditing the course you decide that it is worth paying to get a Certificate, you can do so.
The grades you have achieved in the free version will be saved; but depending on the course, you may need to complete some additional courses or assignments, which may not have been available in the free version.
How much the courses cost in their paid version.
Individual courses generally cost between $30 and $100; while the specialization programs are based on a subscription model, ranging from $40 to $80 per month (the cost will depend on how long it takes you to complete all the courses in the program).
What is Coursera Plus
Coursera Plus is a new subscription option that allows you to pay an annual fee, for access to most courses, specializations, and some professional certificates on Coursera.
If you have the means and interest to take several courses over the next 12 months, this option gives you the advantage of having no limit on the number of courses you can enroll in, or certificates you can earn.
Courses that give college credit, as well as Degree and MasterTrack courses, plus some Professional Certificates, are not included in Coursera Plus.
Courses like these are worth thousands of dollars in face-to-face format, and while the cost is much less on Coursera, they still cost a couple thousand dollars.
The cost to subscribe to Coursera Plus as of the time of this publication, is $399 (although it may vary a bit by geographic region) billed annually.