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All UW Professional & Continuing Education students, including fully online students, must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or submit a request for medical or religious exemption. 

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Free & Low-Cost Programs

Online programs at Low or No cost

The University of Washington was one of the early innovators in online education, delivering a wide variety of courses and programs over the internet since 2001. Today, we offer a diverse range of programs and courses online through UW Online.

We also offer courses through popular platforms such as Coursera and edX. Many of these courses and programs are based on classes taught in UW certificate and degree programs.

Some of these courses are free and some charge a fee, which typically allows you to access additional features and/or earn a certificate that you can use to demonstrate your accomplishment.


The edX online learning site features free courses from some of the top educational institutions in the world, including Harvard, MIT and the University of Washington. Take a single class or complete a professional certificate program. See UWashingtonX for a full list of offerings. 


Sample Courses

Introduction to Cybersecurity

Introduction to Internationalization & Globalization

Preparing to Network in English

Strategic Applications of IT Project & Program Management

Leadership & Management for PM Practitioners in IT

Professional Certificates

English for Business Networking

Essentials of Cybersecurity

IT Project Management

Internationalization & Localization

Coursera is an online education platform that the UW and other higher education institutions use to offer free college courses that anyone can take. Some of these courses start on a set date and run for a specific length of time, while others are available on demand and can be taken anytime. See the UW on Coursera for a full list of oiferings.


Sample Courses

Designing Autonomous AI

Machine Teaching for AI

Computational Neuroscience

Data Manipulation at Scale: Systems & Algorithms

Programming Languages, Part A

Social Media Data Analytics


Business English Communication Skills Specialization 

Data Science at Scale Specialization

Dynamic Public Speaking Specialization

Machine Learning Specialization

All Online Courses

The UW offers a wide variety of engaging online courses, allowing you to explore a passion, update your professional skills or satisfy a prerequisite for a degree program. You’ll learn from top instructors and enjoy a challenging curriculum tailored for online students. Course credit options and costs vary depending on the program.

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