Studying is one of the ways people are finding themselves busy or distracted during the quarantine period due to the coronavirus pandemic. And many take advantages of the fact that universities have free online courses to expand their knowledge and even their curriculum.

Even though the period of many tensions is not the most favorable for many people to be productive, taking classes can be a way of distraction to spend time at home.

The demand for courses has been great, mainly for those offered by the main Brazilian universities.

15 universities offering free online courses

In this post, selected some of the main higher education institutions in Brazil that offer online courses at no cost to the population.

See below the universities with free courses:


The University of São Paulo (USP) has an online course platform that addresses the most diverse types of content. There are video classes on the channel itself and on YouTube and courses with a certificate (which may have a cost for issuing) available for all areas of knowledge.


At the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), the MOOC GGTE – Unicamp is a platform developed by the university’s academic community that offers several free courses for students and the entire population to expand their knowledge. Between classes, it is possible to highlight the courses “Education for Africanities: Training for Citizenship” and “7 lessons for the production of texts”. Access the MOOC GGTE from Unicamp.


The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) has one of the most modern platforms for digital courses among Brazilian universities. And in the midst of training courses, postgraduate and MBA Distance Learning, there are free online courses that also issue certificates.


The Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) offers more than 50 free online courses open to the entire population. With a duration between two and 30 hours and a declaration of completion at the end, the courses cover ten different areas of knowledge.

Estácio de Sá

Universidade Estácio de Sá has free online courses so that students can experience the institution’s digital platform. Classes are from different areas and can be accessed on Estácio’s free course platform.

Anhembi Morumbi

Universidade Anhembi Morumbi has a digital platform for Free Courses. During the quarantine period, it is possible to find on the website 16 free courses from different areas that have a workload of between one and three hours. The list can be accessed on the Anhembi Morumbi free courses website.


The Cruzeiro do Sul University (Unicsul) has a platform released during quarantine with more than 50 free and free online courses to access. There are several areas, ranging from Games, Communication and Law, to Administration, Design and Health, and can be found on Cruzeiro do Sul’s virtual platform.


The Mackenzie Presbyterian University is offering 12 learning trails for part of its distance learning graduate (DE) courses. Classes are from different areas, such as controllership, law, people and business management, literature and marketing. They can be done by anyone interested. To learn more, visit the Mackenzie page about free courses.


São Paulo State University Júlio de Mesquita (Unesp), is a free and free content initiative that has more than 70 topics for study in the Human, Exact and Biological areas.


The Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) offers through the Coursera platform several online courses prepared and taught by the institution’s professors.

Brazilian federal universities with free online courses

Several federal universities have a digital platform open to the public. Here are a few:

Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF)

Federal University of Recôncavo Baiano (UFRB)

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)

University of the São Francisco River Valley (Univasf)

Universities with distance learning courses

Looking for online courses? How about looking for a distance education (DE) and prepare to enter the job market? Higher level courses can be one of the best opportunities to start a professional career.

See some universities that have distance courses and can be accessed with scholarships:

Anhanguera Educational Center (ANHANGUERA)

Cruzeiro do Sul Virtual (distance learning)

University of São Paulo (UNICID)

University of Franca (UNIFRAN)

Northern University of Paraná (UNOPAR)


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