Online Courses in the Philippines

Online courses are any courses, regardless whether they come with credits or not, that can be taken by students at any location of their choice by accessing the internet. Online courses are typically short, usually lasting for several days to a few months. Most of these online courses are courses that can be taken as  a pastime or as a source of additional knowledge and does not necessarily hold any merit when it comes to seeking employment.

There are open universities in the Philippines, however, that offer degree programs that can be taken in parts or in its entirety online.

Most of these are post-graduate degree programs that are targeted towards working professionals who do not have enough time to juggle work and education, but you can also find some universities that offer both undergraduate and associate degree programs.

Below are some samples of schools and institutions that offer courses that you can take online:

Schools in the Philippines That Offer Online Courses for a Fee

Schools Based Abroad that Offer Accessible Online Courses for Free 

Government Agencies in the Philippines that Offer Online Courses (Free and Paid Versions)

Other Organizations that Offer Online Courses for Free

  • EdX - EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard.
  • Coursera – Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
  • Connexions - The Connexions Consortium is a group of organizations and individuals who work together to advance free educational technology and educational content.
  • Open Courseware Consortium – The Open CourseWare Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing OpenCourseWare and its impact on global education.
  • Wikiversity – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation (the same group behind Wikipedia) project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy is a non-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
  • Udacity – Udacity is a non-profit organization that gives students from all over the world access to free higher education materials.
  • Codecademy -Codecademy is a team of computer programmers working hard to build a better way for anyone to teach, and learn, how to code.

Those are just some examples. We’ll update the list everytime we come across some new ones. If you know other schools, agencies, and organizations that offer similar programs, feel free to let us know.

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    • Hi, Jane!

      That would depend on what kind of course/s you want to take online and where you intend to study. If you intend to take a degree program, you might want to check out the different open universities that offer distance learning in the Philippines. You can find the exact procedure on how to enroll and what the requirements are on their respective websites.

      If you intend to take short courses, on the other hand, there’s TESDA that offer several online courses that you can take for free. (You can find the steps on how to take the courses online on the site). A quick internet search could also give you a sizable list of companies that offer short courses for a fee; however, you might want to be careful of bogus companies.

  1. Hi!
    I just want to ask if you can take an online course/short course even if you’re currently taking an undergraduate course?



    • Hi, idanceforgod!

      So far, we haven’t seen any official restrictions when it comes to students that are currently enrolled in an undergraduate course who also want to take some short or online courses on the side. Different schools may have different policies, though, so it’s best if you’ll contact the school you are thinking of enrolling at so they can give you an accurate and more detailed response.

    • do you have a course of HRM because I want to study in PUP but i dont know what is the other course that they have. and iI dont know also how To apply Via internet and you know im here in Miagao Iloilo so I waqnt to transfer in Santa. rosa To continued my CoLLEgE iN matter of fact i want to help my parent I Want to help but in my other helping im gonna work and for short i gonna like a working student.

  2. HELLO i’m ANGELICA CASAMIS, an (ALS) passer. i would like to continue my studying through an online class. i want to know if i can get (BSIT)BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY COURSE and i want to know if i qualified to take that plz. help thanks…

  3. I have checked some of the Universities indicated here. Most of them are self-paced. Do you know any university in the Philippines that are instructor-led? Kind of like UPenn. I think Central Luzon State University has instructor-led programs but mostly for agriculture and nursing. Any suggestions as to business programs that are instructor-led?

  4. Can I study even I’m in saudi arabia.. i want to finish my 2 year course in computer science… i want to become degree holder..can you help me

  5. i am a house helper here in hongkong.i enter college before but never finished any unit.i want to study online now and take education course.can u help me about this?thanks!

    • Hi, Catherine!

      Try to check out the individual pages of the open universities listed above. They offer distance learning programs and one of them might be offering the course you want to take.

  6. Good day, your site is great and comes with very good and informative topics. I just would like to know the difference between NTSP and ETEEAP? .. Im puzzled
    which step to take if I should take NTSP or ETEEAP. My highest educational attainment would high school as I am not able to finish few units and finish a semester.
    I have a 7 year supervisory experience. Much appreciated responce.

    • Hi, Lucenda!

      Try to check out the articles on the page below. They have not been updated for some time now, but those organizations / companies typically offer post-graduate scholarship programs every year. You will find the admission requirements in the individual articles, although you might want to check with the scholarship sponsors if there have been any changes to their requirements or the application procedures.

  7. Good day. I am a licensed Civil Engineer and currently working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I want to pursue a Master’s degree in Construction Management. Is it possible to undergo the program while working abroad?

    Thank you.. Godbless.

  8. Hi Good day.. I would like to inquire if possible i can enroll in this course while im working? i mean i can study online without visiting the school? Thank you.

  9. Can I study even I’m in Qatar.. i went to college but not finish it , I think i have left around 12 more units before finishing. Now I want to finish my 4 year course in Drafting Technology, but the school that i have been with already change their name and have abolish the course that i took before.…Can i enroll in any of the open university online while working?

  10. Hi, im a highcshool graduate and working now in Lebanon. I just want to know how to study online.what would be my first step?… is it possible to study without visiting or going to the school?thanks for your reply.

  11. Hi,

    I have 2 years associate in Computer Technology and currently working here at KSA as a Coordinator. I would like to start and study BS in Business Management Major in Marketing Management. can refer me to any online schools that offer this kind of courses.

    Your response is highly appreciated.

  12. Joy on
    Im here in the philippine i’d like to enrol for a computer secretarial,and i’d like to ask if how much it cost and im going to abroad in middle east like in united arab emirates if i can continue my course through online.Please give me unanswer and please give me a good advice thank u

  13. Hi my name is abigail,i am graduated as bachelor of science major in biology which is I didn’t used because of some matter,and now im here at dubai working as receptionist for four years but i want to study again so ill be more productive,I want to ask if is there any online school for me in the philippines as a food technician..?thank you..