Skill Building

The skills you develop as you pursue your degree at Columbia will help you prepare for the work world. But for many, building industry skills — like Excel, advanced accounting, or video editing — might not happen within an academic setting. These resources can help you build these skills.

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
LinkedIn Learning 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
Thinkful Free Thinkful is an online bootcamp that offers online, fast-paced, career-ready programs in Software Engineering, Data Science, Data Analytics, UX/UI Design, Product Management, Digital Marketing, and Technical Project Management. These programs are offered in part-time and full-time formats. All courses include personal mentor meetings, a custom-built curriculum, and mentor-hosted Q&A sessions with industry professionals.
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