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A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants. MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which was first introduced in 2006 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012.

Most universities in the Nordic region organize Open University courses. Open Universities are part of their adult education system, wherein all adults have an equal opportunity to participate in education that follows the universities' curricula, irrespective of one’s age or educational background. A consolidated list of country-wise MOOC’s and other courses provided through open universities in the Nordic region is given below:


Northern lights (Aurora borealis) band swirls above Vuopajanniemi at Inarijärvi lake in Inari, Lapland, Finland in 2018 March. Source: Wikimedia Commons by Ximonic (Simo Räsänen).

University of Tampere

Through open higher education at Tampere University, one can study courses and study modules included in the degree studies of Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences. The studies are subject to a charge.The great thing about open higher education is that you can combine the courses and modules in the way that suits you. Whether you want to try individual courses from different fields or focus on growing your expertise in one area, with open higher education courses you will find the right combination for you.

University of Helsinki

Open university studies are courses from the University of Helsinki’s degree programmes which are available for all. Many of the courses are offered online. Courses begin throughout the year. A wide-range of MOOC’s are also offered by the University of Helsinki which can be found here.

University of Jyväskylä

The Open University of the University of Jyväskylä (JYUOpen) is the largest and most versatile open university in Finland, with over 16,000 students annually. An integral part of the University of Jyväskylä, JYUOpen promotes educational equality and lifelong learning with high pedagogical quality, both in Finland and internationally through flexible modes of study. Click here to know more about courses at the Open University of Jyväskylä.    

University of Eastern Finland

The University of Eastern Finland responds to the challenges posed to education by the transformation of working life through an extensive academic offering, as well as through open, diverse and flexible education. The Centre for Continuous Learning offers individually tailored guidance and counselling services and a broad range of opportunities for competence development.



Glacier at Skaftafetl, Iceland. Source: Wikimedia Commons by Eriks Zelenka.

University of Iceland

A consolidated list and information about the MOOC’s offered by the University of Iceland is provided here.


The Little Mermaid. Copenhagen, Denmark. Source: Wikimedia Commons by Jorge Franganillo.

University of Copenhagen

Online degrees provided by the University of Copenhagen through Coursera are detailed here.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University provides a wide-range of MOOCs through OpenupEd, an online platform. A list of courses, charges, starting date, and other details are mentioned here.


A view to Tafjorden (a stretch of Norddalsfjorden) in Fjord, Møre og Romsdal, Norway in 2019 July. Source: Wikimedia Commons by Ximonic (Simo Räsänen).

University of Bergen

The University of Bergen offers a selection of MOOCs, online courses and part-time studies in English. See complete overview here.

University of Oslo

University of Oslo offers more than a thousand Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) accessible through the internet. Most of them are in English and nearly all sorts of topics are offered.

NHH Bergen

NHH Bergen is currently offering one MOOC through Coursera. Click here for details.

Oslo Metropolitan University

Click here to know more about online courses offered by OsloMet.


Stockholms Stadshuset (city hall), Västerbron in the background. Source: Wikimedia Commons, by Julian Herzog

Lund University

Lund University has a selection of stand-alone courses and one full degree programme available through distance learning. Click here for information on distance learning and MOOCs at Lund University.

Stockholm University

Click here for MOOC list from the University of Stockholm

Umeå University

Online and distance learning, or web-based education, can be a good option for those who want the flexibility of studying from anywhere in the world in an innovative educational experience. Click here to browse online and distance learning options provided by Umeå University.

Linköping University

Linköping University offers distance learning courses through a dedicated online portal. Click here for details.

Karlstad University

Click here to know more about Karlstad University Online Courses & MOOCs.