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From Basel to Bogota: new partners and courses announced

Today, we’re welcoming nine new university partners to FutureLearn, including our first in Colombia, France, Spain and Switzerland. We’re also announcing two brand new courses. Here’s our quick guide to them all.

A world map showing where FutureLearn partners come from

New partners

Our roster of European institutions now includes FutureLearn’s first Swiss partner, the University of Basel, as well as the University of Bergen from Norway. Paris Diderot University and Pompeu Fabra University join as the first partners from France and Spain respectively, while the University of Twente is the most recent institution to join from The Netherlands.

University of Los Andes, based in Bogota, Colombia, becomes the first Latin American university to join, alongside three more colleges from the University of London – Goldsmiths, SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies) and St George’s, University of London. Today’s news follows the addition last month of Korea’s Hanyang University.

It brings the FutureLearn partnership to a total of 54 – take a look at all of our partners and watch out for new courses from them soon.


New courses

Two brand new free online courses are now live on FutureLearn and ready for you to join, while several past courses are getting ready to run again:


Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

Get an introduction to museum studies with this six-week course from the University of Leicester, in collaboration with National Museums Liverpool.

You’ll learn about the people and ideas that shape museums today, and consider how museums seek to impact our contemporary world. You’ll meet both museum studies researchers and professionals.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 1 June.


How to Write Your First Song

Ever wanted to write a song, but not known how? This six-week course from The University of Sheffield will give you the practical and theoretical understanding you need to create a finished song of your own.

You’ll get advice from established songwriters, plus a specially commissioned set of lyrics to set to music. Award-winning folk songwriter, Martin Simpson, will be using the same words and techniques to write a song during the course.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 8 June.


Returning courses

Finally, several popular courses will start again in May and June 2015, covering a wide variety of subjects:

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