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Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is an American Ivy League research university based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Franklin founded it as an institution that would provide a practical and diverse education to the leaders of tomorrow. The university retains its strong focus on interdisciplinary learning to this day and its 'One University Policy' allows students to take classes across any of Penn's 12 schools.

Penn boasts a rich history of illustrious alumni and institutional achievements. The university was responsible for building the first general-purpose electronic computer, as well as the development of the Rubella and Hepatitis B vaccines. Penn's first law professor wrote the first draft of the United States Constitution and the university is home to both the oldest medical and business schools in America.

As part of their ethos of innovation and inclusion, the University of Pennsylvania makes elements of its teaching materials freely available to help others access a quality education. In teaming up with Alison, the university has created a series of English courses aimed at raising learners' language skills to the very highest levels.

Free, Online Courses Created by University of Pennsylvania

  • Certificate English for Career Development

    English for Career Development

    5-6 hrs
    Learn the English language for job searching, the interview process and the job application in this free online course.
  • Certificate English for Business and Entrepreneurship

    English for Business and Entrepreneurship

    1.5-3 hrs
    Learn English communication skills for business and entrepreneurship with this free online program course.
  • Certificate English for STEM

    English for STEM

    1.5-3 hrs
    Improve your English language for science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM with this free online course.
  • Certificate English for Journalism

    English for Journalism

    1.5-3 hrs
    Learn English language skills for careers related to journalism with this free online course.
  • Certificate English for Media Literacy

    English for Media Literacy

    1.5-3 hrs
    Media literacy is a good way of better understanding what you see and read in newspapers, on TV and across social media.
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