If you want to get a couple of new skills under your belt this summer, taking a class or two at the University of British Columbia is a great way to do just that – and there are dozens of free UBC courses to choose from!

Recently ranked in the top 40 of the world’s best institutions for 2025, UBC is renowned for its academic reputation, offering students no shortage of options when it comes to their fields of study.

Thanks to a partnership with edX, many of its free courses are self-paced, so you can work through the course material at your own speed.

Consider this your chance to dive further into a subject you’re passionate about, learn something new, and maybe even meet a couple of new friends in the process!

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From coding to STEM, here are just some of the free courses you can take this summer:

No matter where your interests lie, there’s likely a handful of free UBC courses that will fit the bill this summer, so why not take advantage?

While a lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom, it’s inside the classroom where you’re given the full opportunity to try new things, fail, and try again. And since these courses are free to access, you have everything to gain from taking one or a few!

Happy learning, Vancouver!