Gaining the skills and experience you need for your dream job in international affairs can require a lot of unpaid internships and volunteering. Although we should all get paid for the work we do, entry level unpaid work is (unfortunately) common in this field and after you graduate, you might not have money to spend on further education.
This is where you can use free online courses to your advantage. These can be a great introduction to a topic you haven’t learnt much about or a way to get some in-depth knowledge about an area you’re keen to specialise in.
Here is a list of places who offer free courses in the field of international affairs.
Many United Nations agencies and research institutes have a wide range of free courses but they’re often hard to find as they’re listed on individual UN websites. These courses are often self-paced so you can easily fit them into your schedule. As there are so many, I have only included a few departments but here is a more comprehensive list if you’d like to look further into free UN courses.