Skill Building

Skills you develop as you pursue your degree at Columbia will help to ensure your success. But for many, building industry skills – like Excel, advanced accounting, or video editing – might not happen within the academic setting. Here’s how to get the edge.

Duolingo.com  Free Interactive lessons to learn a new language
edX.com Free
(Fee for certificate)
Online courses and classes from Columbia, Harvard, MIT
Foundation Center Free Tutorials in proposal writing, funding research, and establishing a nonprofit
General Assembly Fee Global community for learning technology, design and business skills from industry professionals
Khan Academy Free Micro-lectures in subjects including math, science, biology, computer programming, and test prep
Lynda.com Free
(for Columbia students, staff, and faculty)
Online tutorials  for business, software, technology and creative skills
Media Bistro Free
(Fee for some courses)
Courses on using Instagram, brand writing, grammar, blogging and public relations
Microsoft Virtual Academy  Free Online courses taught by experts in 11 different languages on Microsoft programs
MIT OpenCourseWare  Free Educational materials from MIT’s undergraduate and graduate courses online
Skillshare Fee Project-based classes in topics include copywriting, photo retouching, animation, business development, public speaking, tech skills, and engineering
The Learning Annex & The Brooklyn Brainery Free
(Fee for some courses)
Live and on-demand education, covering  publishing, new media, song writing, and finance
The New York Public Library Free
(Fee for some courses)
Classes including those on computer literacy
Treehouse Fee Interactive education platform offering tech-geared courses ranging from web, mobile and business development
Udacity  Fee In-demand tech skills from companies like Google, AT&T, Facebook and Clouder
Udemy.com  Free
(Fee for some courses)
Online courses in IT and software, marketing, photography, design, teacher training, and language
U.S. Small Business Administration  Free
(Fee for some courses)
Classes and resources for starting a business or improving business operations

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