Self-isolation and quarantine do not necessarily mean loneliness and sadness. The internet offers a wide choice of opportunities and entertainment. In an attempt to support people during coronavirus quarantine, various popular digital platforms are giving free access to their services.
Free online courses during self-isolation
Online courses from SPbU are available from 17 March — and with no end date set: the art of doing business and leadership effectiveness, legal English, the art of sales, lectures on journalism, history, linguistics, etc.
Coursera online learning platform is providing students with free access to its courses: business, technology, healthcare, arts and humanities, etc.
Foxford online school is offering pupils, their parents, and teachers free access to all courses during quarantine.
The Goethe-Institut is offering to watch over 100 German films online for free on the university’s eMedia platform, the eLibrary. KINDERUNI is a free educational project for kids to learn German.
Free computer programming courses
Free video lectures from Technopark and Mail.ru Group for everybody who wants to learn programming languages as well as the basics of data analysis and mobile app development.
Free courses from Microsoft Academy will help master the basics of programming and computer literacy.
GeekBrains can offer free access to three online courses of your choice until 31 March.
Netology is giving free access to mini courses on marketing and management with STAYHOME promo code.
Free books and lectures
Free 30-day access to thousands of audio books for children and adults on Storytel.
Arzamas.academy is offering a free subscription to all courses, lectures, podcasts with KARANTIN promo code.
Bookmate e-book service together with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is offering to enjoy 20 books for free.
Get free access to 70 e-books from Alpina Publisher with GIFT_STAYHOME promo code until the end of April.
Use the same promo code to access 64 books from LitRes, Russia’s top e-book seller.
Free movies and TV shows in online cinemas
Many Russian online cinemas are offering various discounts on subscriptions or free access to their collections of movies and TV shows. We’ll list some of them below.
ivi.ru — one-month subscription for 1 rouble, valid until 15 April.
More.tv — one-month free subscription with SIDIMDOMA promo code.
Kinopoisk HD — free premium access with POKAVSEDOMA promo code, valid until the end of April.
MEGOGO — the first month of subscription for 1 rouble.
Mail.ru Group’s Combo subscription — 50% discount with COMBO99 promo code.
Start online cinema — 14-day free trial with sidimdoma promo code.
Classical music masterpieces for free
Vienna State Opera is broadcasting recordings of previous opera and ballet performances daily for free.
The Metropolitan Opera is hosting “Nightly Met Opera Streams” on its official website. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT and remain available for 23 hours.
Berlin Philharmonic — All concerts and films in the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall are available for free with BERLINPHIL promo code.
The Bayerische Staatsoper is also offering to enjoy live streams of its concerts.
Anything for kids?
Arzamas children’s room — cartoons, books, melodies for babies, video lectures, and games.
Audio performances for kids: Cinderella, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, Old Hottabych, Alice in Wonderland, and many more.
Reshi-Pishi — non-boring tasks for children aged 3 to 9 years.
Online project for kids “Pocket Scientist” — “About diseases, germs, vaccines”, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”, “Why do people cry?”, etc.