Around the world, 142 million youth between the ages of 15-17 are not in school due to factors such as military conflict, poverty, and cultural exclusion.


As such, university education remains structurally inaccessible to these teenagers from unprivileged backgrounds.

Our mission? To remedy this problem by expanding accessibility to university education across national borders.


Universities Without Borders is a non-profit organisation that was founded with the overarching goal of expanding accessibility to university education irrespective of gender, socio-economic status and country of origin.


To achieve this, we​ connect with students who have been structurally excluded from university and provide free undergraduate level learning resources in a broad range of subjects across STEM, humanities and the arts. By doing this, we hope to democratise the education that has historically only been accessible to the privileged few.

We also partner with local schools, NGOs, and communities in developing countries to help teenagers who are struggling to enter university education.


We offer partnership opportunities with schools, NGOs, and communities in developing countries.


We provide volunteer tutoring staff, free learning resources and application advice for disadvantaged students looking to enter university.


For disadvantaged students, we provide free university-level self-study learning resources in a range of subjects across STEM, humanities and the arts.

We also provide application advice for disadvantaged students looking to enter university.



We are very proud of the commitment of our professional staff and our international group of highly skilled volunteers who work day and night to make our mission a reality.

We have a range of volunteering opportunities available for both graduates and undergraduate students.



Universities Without Borders offers a range of different courses that span across STEM, humanities, the arts, and more vocational careers-based topics (such as finance and law). In terms of difficulty and complexity, our education courses are written at an undergraduate university standard.

Below is a selection of our self-study courses that are available to download for free.

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An Introduction to the 2008 Financial Crisis

Subject Areas: Finance; Economics; Politics

An introduction to the Subprime Mortgage Crisis of 2008. Investigate the role of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities, Collateralized Debt Obligations, Credit Default Swaps, and NINJA loans in the collapse of investment banks such as the Lehman Brothers. Learn about how 'greenlining' policies led to aggressive subprime lending and contributed to the collapse of the global financial system.

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An Introduction to Natural Resource Management

Subject Areas: Geography; Biology; Ecology

An introduction to the numerous debates surrounding natural resource management. Investigate the history of conservation, preservation, and command and control management techniques. Next, learn about the critical perspectives which build on the limitations of conservation (especially in the Anthropocene era). These include Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), planetary boundaries, and resilience-based management approaches.

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An Introduction to the Key Themes of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan (1651)

Subject Areas: Philosophy; Politics

This course provides an introduction to the key macro themes within Thomas Hobbes' most notable book, Leviathan. Explore the key themes of the 'State of Nature' (or, 'the war of all against all') and Hobbes' argument on the means in which men can escape this undesirable and miserable condition. Next, investigate why, for Hobbes, escaping the state of nature is only possible through unlimited sovereignty.

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Cell Structure: Phospholipid Bilayers and Transmembrane Transport

Subject Areas: Biology; Medicine

An introduction to cell surface membranes, the phospholipid bilayer, carrier proteins and protein channels. Explore the passive and active ways in which molecules move across membranes through simple diffusion, facilitated diffusion and active transport. Delve into an in-depth analysis of the different types of active transporters including ATPases, coupled transporters and light-driven pumps.

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An Introduction to Ecosystem Services (ESS) and ESS Valuation

Subject Areas: Ecology; Economics; Geography

An introduction to the theoretical fundamentals of ecosystem services (ESS) and the complex debates surrounding ESS valuation. In Part 1, learn about the basics of ecosystem service provision and the findings in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) of 2005. In Part 2, investigate reasons why we should, and why we should not, value ESS. This includes discussion of monetary, non-monetary, market, and non-market valuation methods.



At Universities Without Borders, we publish articles covering a range of subjects. These publications include perspectives on current events, important debates within education, and other issues that we believe are noteworthy for our followers.

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