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Virtual University is a gateway to the world's best free classes. We also host a social network, called Spectrum, where you can meet and interact with new friends who love to learn. We were the first e-learning community on the Web, and since 1994, we have served free and low-cost classes to more than five million users.

Getting started is easy! Join free or log in to your SPECTRUM account. When you reach your news feed, click the My VU Courses link at the top of the page to browse our list of courses. You can then add classes that interest you to your desk and manage your e-learning activities across multiple websites with just a few clicks.


24 Nov 2016: We have added 35 free writing classes (listed below) to our course calendar. These classes are offered by top universities free of cost and start soon. For details, log in to your Spectrum account and click the My VU Courses link at the top of your news feed.

Writing What You Know Starts: Always Open    (8 hours, self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Start Writing Fiction Starts: Always Open    (12 hours, self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Approaching Prose Fiction Starts: Always Open    (20 hours, self-paced)
Fee: FREE
What Is Poetry? Starts: Always Open    (12 hours, self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Approaching Poetry Starts: Always Open    (20 hours, self-paced)
Fee: FREE
What Is Good Writing? Starts: Always Open    (12 hours, self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Introduction to Fiction Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Adjectives and Adjective Clauses Starts: 14 Nov 2016   
Fee: FREE
Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot Starts: 21 Nov 2016   
Fee: FREE
Tricky English Grammar Starts: 14 Nov 2016   
Fee: FREE
English Composition I Starts: 5 Dec 2016   
Fee: FREE
Perfect Tenses and Modals Starts: 5 Dec 2016   
Fee: FREE
Adventures in Writing Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Scribble: Writing for New Writers Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Getting Started With Essay Writing Starts: 14 Nov 2016   
Fee: FREE
English Grammar and Essay Writing Starts: 18 Feb 2017   
Fee: FREE
English for Journalists: Key Concepts Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
English for Journalists: Free Speech and Media Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Preparing for the AP* English Lang. Exam Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
English Writing and Composition Starts: 9 Jan 2017    (8 weeks)
Fee: FREE
How to Write an Essay Starts: 12 Oct 2016    (8 weeks)
Fee: FREE
English for Journalism Starts: 21 Nov 2016   
Fee: FREE
Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens Starts: 13 Sep 2016   
Fee: FREE
Writing for Young Readers Starts: 28 Nov 2106   
Fee: FREE
Advanced Writing Starts: 14 Nov 2016   
Fee: FREE
Writing and Experience: Crossing Borders Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Secret Sauce of Great Writing Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Creative Writing Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Writing in the Sciences Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Writing on Contemporary Issues Starts: Always Open    (Self-guided)
Fee: FREE
Science Writing and New Media Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Journalistic Ethics (Video Course) Starts: Always Open    (14 videos, 1hr each)
Fee: FREE
Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Science Fiction Starts: Always Open    (Self-paced)
Fee: FREE
Understanding Creativity & Creative Writing Starts: Always Open    (41 videos, approx 25 hours)
Fee: FREE

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Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys
Programming Cloud Services for Android Handheld Devices

Free and Low-cost Writing, Journalism and Grammar Classes

Fantasy Writing Workshop
Your Screenwriting Career
The Art of Writing Horror
Introduction to Personal Journaling
Break the Block
Grant Writing 101
The Creative Spark
Digital Poetry
Reading and Writing Short Stories
Writing and the Environment
Writing and Experience: Exploring Self in Society
Writing, Editing and Publishing in Cyberspace
Genre Fiction Workshop
Writing on Contemporary Issues: Imagining the Future

Free and Low-cost Religion Classes

Politics and Religion
Theology I
Christian Faith: Its Practice
Christianity and Ethics
History of Christianity
History of Christianity in America
Islam 101
Principles of Islam (Part 1)
Principles of Islam (Part 2)
Islam in 10 Minutes
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Religion
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
Ancient Israel
Anthropology of Religion
Politics and Religion
The Bible: An Introduction
The New Testament History and Literature
Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)
Latino Theology and Christian Tradition
Islam: Religion, History and Culture
Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures
Islam, the Middle East and the West

Psychic and Metaphysical Classes

Science, Magic and Religions
Learn to Meditate
Learn Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World
Learning the Tarot
Magic, Withcraft and the Spirit World

Self-Help and Self-Improvement Classes

Learning How to Learn
How to Succeed in College

Political Science Classes

Politics and Religion

Math and Algebra Courses

Early Math for Pre-Schoolers
Basic Math: 3rd Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 4th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 5th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 6th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 7th Grade U.S.
Basic Math: 8th Grade U.S.

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Writing and the Environment
End of Nature
Climate Change and the Law

Psychology Classes

The New Psychology of Depression
Psychology 101

Business and Finance Classes

Grant Writing 101
How to Launch a Successful Startup

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Copyright Law for Educators and Librarians
Learning How to Learn
How to Succeed in College

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Roman Architecture

Introduction to Ancient Greek History
Ancient Israel

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Climate Change and the Law
Copyright Law for Educators and Librarians
Drugs and Drug Control in the USA

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A Beginner's Guide to Digital Photography
Elements of Drawing
Exposing Digital Photography

Direct Links to Philosophy Classes

Introduction to Philosophy
Revolutionary Ideas: Introduction to Legal and Political Philosophy