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Online courses for students

There is a wide range of high-quality online courses offered by various providers for students. The courses offered cover all subject areas and can usually be used free of charge.

The following applies to the crediting of courses:
The decision as to which courses can be credited is made by your lecturers. In order to check the possibilities for crediting an online course, please contact the lecturer whose course you would like to replace with the online offer directly. Some lecturers may make a selection of courses available on their website that can be credited..


edX, founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers free online courses in the auditing track, and gives the possibility to join the verified track for a fee and obtain an edX certificate for the course. edX has a community of 160 partner universities and over 35 million learners. You can find the University of Bayreuth courses on edX under BayreuthX

Over 3000 courses are offered in the following areas:
Architecture, Art & Culture, Biology & Life Sciences, Business & Management, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Data Analysis & Statistics, Design, Economics & Finance, Education & Teacher Training, Electronics, Energy & Earth Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Food & Nutrition, Health & Safety, History, Humanities, Language, Law, Literature, Math, Medicine, Music, Philanthropy, Philosophy & Ethics, Physics, Science, Social Sciences.

vhb: Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern

The Virtual University of Bavaria offers courses completely free of charge. ECTS points can be acquired in the CLASSIC vhb course programme, if the local examination offices provide for this. All OPEN vhb courses can be used by anyone interested and anyone who is interested. 

The following areas are covered:
​Entry-level courses, humanities and cultural studies, health sciences, computer science, engineering sciences, teaching profession in medicine, natural sciences, law, key qualifications, social work, social sciences, languages, business informatics, economics, additional courses.

Class Central

The platform offers an overview of courses from providers such as Coursera, FutureLearn and EdX as well as independent courses from various universities. The courses are mostly free of charge, a certificate will be invoiced upon request.

Courses are offered in the following disciplines:
Computer Science, Business, Humanities, Data Science, Personal Development, Art & Design, Programming, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Health & Medicine, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Education & Teaching.

Class Central Ivy League MOOCs

A special offer is the "Ivy League Collection". The disciplines offered are those listed under "Class Central". The courses are mostly free of charge, a certificate will be invoiced upon request.

Courses are offered by the renowned universities Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale.


Many courses can be used free of charge, completion certificates cost from 39 USD. As a guest you can also attend certificate courses for free without purchasing a certificate. 

Would you like to take Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the Coursera platform and earn certificates for your completed courses? The University of Bayreuth has a limited number of Coursera enrollment spots available by May 25, 2020, which are open to all UBT members who have a BT-number (bt-Kennung) or a S-number (s-Kennung). The enrollment spots are reserved on a first come, first served basis. The guidelines can he found in this E-Learning course.

Arts and Humanities, Economics, Computer Science, Data Processing, Information Technology, Health, Mathematics and Logic, Personal Development, Physics and Engineering, Social Sciences, Languages.


The "Unlimited" account offers free access to selected courses for a limited period of time. Certificates can be acquired for a fee.

Offered disciplines are: 
Business & Management, Creative Arts & Media, Nature & Environment, Politics & Society, Literature, Healthcare & Medicine, Science, Engineering & Maths, Law, History, IT & Computer Science, Teaching, Language, Study Skills, Psychology & Mental Health

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