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Free online courses for refugees

Updated Monday, 15 November 2021
To support refugees around the world, here are some free online courses from The Open University.

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Below is a list of resources which we hope will be of interest to asylum seekers and refugees who wish to discover free online courses from The Open University and other providers. These include free courses for learning English to information about working as a translator.

We also provide links to some of the key refugee support organisations and useful resources they provide. Many sources of support can change so please note this is not a comprehensive list.


Free English Language courses

A range of free courses to help you develop basic English skills to progress to English in the workplace. Choose the free course that best suits your interests and needs.

Free Everyday English courses

Free English skills courses

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Other skills and subjects

A selection of free courses and resources on other topics you can learn through the medium of English.

Free mathematics and numeracy courses

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Free resources for life and work skills


Free mental health and wellbeing resources


Support and resources from other organisations

Statutory agency
UK Visas and Immigration (GOV.UK) – Seek protection or asylum

General resources for educational support and finance

Legal advice and support

General advice and support

Trafficking and services to children and young people

Domestic violence


More from The Open University

Advocacy and research

More resources

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