Best Online Courses for Fall 2021

Online courses are a perfect way to supplement your university studies or learn new skills while taking a gap year. Check out these featured online courses to help you learn new skills from AI to Chinese language fluency, develop professionally, and get ahead in your career. All you’ll need is a computer and the willingness to learn!

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5 Week AI & Machine Learning Bootcamp at unpackAI

This 5-week boot camp will teach you everything you need to know about AI and Machine Learning. Suitable for newcomers to the tech field and entirely online, participants of the course will receive a certificate after successful completion. Tuition is 295 USD in total. unpackAI is an innovative edtech startup that has the vision to educate one million AI students by 2026 and enabling everyone to be part of the AI Revolution through highly practical, affordable, and accessible AI education. Student testimonials say the boot camp is “the best way to kick off your machine learning journey on this program if you are new to it.”

Apply here.

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One-on-one Mentorship Program at Beijing Language and Culture University

Hosted by the 2030 School, this fully personalized online course will connect you with a mentor who can help you grow and develop in your field. Prices range based on the mentor you’re matched with: Typically it can be between $30 – $200 USD per hour. Mentors are available in a variety of fields, from business to medicine to social media. 

Apply here.

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One-on-one and Group Online Chinese Classes at Beijing Language and Culture University

Whether you’ve never written a Chinese character before or have already taken multiple HSKs, the experienced teachers at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) will take your language ability to new heights. BLCU offers personalized and flexible one-on-one courses, and group Chinese classes of 5-9 students from beginner to HSK 5. The one-on-one course costs 4,500 RMB for a minimum of 30 classes. The group class lasts twelve weeks and costs 1350 RMB. BLCU is one of the top four language universities in China and has a reputation for excellent Mandarin Chinese teaching.

Apply to one-on-one classes here and group classes here.

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Global Executive of Business Administration Program at Shanghai Jiaotong University

This online course for international students is hosted by Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU). The non-degree program teaches business, leadership, marketing, and entrepreneurship in China. Participants must complete a minimum number of 4 full day topics (24 hours) participants are eligible to be awarded the SJTU Online Chinese Business Certificate. Additionally, students will have access to mentorships, business advice and support, and networking opportunities. The tuition fee for this program is RMB 32,800, but scholarships are available to bring the fee down to RMB 8,800.

Apply here.

Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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