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Other Learning Opportunities

Free Language Courses

In addition to VIPP's language courses, there are several opportunities in the East Lansing area for you to improve your English language skills.

If you visit the Volunteer English Tutoring Program website you can find Lansing community resources for free language courses. Make sure to check the time and place before you start attending any class. 

Off-campus and community resources include:

• East Lansing Public Library 
• Friendship House 
• Spartan Village Community Center 

Other volunteer English programs can be found at local churches such as Trinity Church and University Lutheran Church.


Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. MSU now offers free online courses through a website called “Coursera.”

All of the courses found on this site are non-degree, completely online, and free! These courses act as supplemental material for a class you may already be taking or as a trial run for a subject or field you may be interested in.

The goal of this website is to encourage students and young professionals to step out of their comfort zone and try something new at no extra cost. Here’s a small list of some of the courses offered by MSU through Coursera:

  • Business of Games and Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Game Design
  • Photography Techniques: Light, Content, and Sharing
  • Music Theory
  • Script Writing

All of the courses offered on this website have a start and end date, but users are welcome to work through material at their own pace. Once you enroll, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun.

If you need additional time to complete a course – not a problem. Course schedules are flexible and you will be provided 180 days of full course access and Certificate eligibility (see terms and conditions for each course). Self-paced courses have suggested deadlines, but you won’t be penalized for missing deadlines as long as you earn Certificate within 180 days.

If you complete a course successfully, your electronic Certificate will be added to your “Accomplishments” page – from there you can print your certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. Note that the Course Certificate does not represent official academic credit from the university.

There are already more than 20 courses offered through this site taught by professors in the Communication Arts and Sciences College, the MSU College of Music, the MSU School of Journalism, the Broad College of Business, as well as the MSU Innovation Hub. If you would like to enroll in classes or if you'd like to learn more make sure to visit for more information.