This Guy Finished 36 Online Courses from Prestigious Universities in 34 Days

He finished an average of one course a day.
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Edward Jan Paul Ebreo earned his Masters Degree in Public Management at the Ateneo School of Government in October 2019. However, his dream of becoming a public servant was put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edward Jan Paul Ebreo

Photo by Edward Ebreo.

Restless, Ebreo decided to take online classes in Corporate Finance at Columbia University. There were a total of three courses, which cost $675.

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“I took it to make the most out of the free time I had and I saw this as an opportunity to make myself better,” said Ebreo. After finishing the course, he realized he enjoyed it, so he took advantage of the free trial courses that came with his first course.

He had a week to finish everything before the trial expired.

“I would take two or three classes at the same time,” said Ebreo. “I did not notice how many classes I took until I decided to take a break.”


The following are the courses he took from different prestigious universities.  

1|  Yale University

  • Introduction to Climate Change and Health
  • Climate Adaptation for Human Health
  • Communicating Climate Change and Health

2|  University of Pennsylvania

  • The Power of Team Culture
  • Building High-Performing Teams
  • Optimizing Diversity on Teams
  • Creating a Team Culture of Continuous Learning

3|  Wharton University of Pennsylvania

  • Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling
  • Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models
  • Financial Acumen for Non-Financial Managers
  • Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • Global Trends for Business and Society
  • Corruption
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business Strategies for Social Impact
  • Entrepreneurship 1: Developing the Opportunity
  • Entrepreneurship 2: Launching your Start-Up
  • Entrepreneurship 3: Growth Strategies
  • Entrepreneurship 4: Financing and Profitability
  • People Analytics
  • Customer Analytics

4|  University of London

  • Quantitative Foundations for International Business
  • Professional Skills for International Business
  • Management Skills for International Business

5|  University of California, Irvine

  • Initiating and Planning Projects
  • Budgeting and Scheduling Projects
  • Managing Project Risks and Changes
  • Project Management Project

6|  Northwestern University

  • What is Social?
  • The Importance of Listening
  • Engagement and Nurture Marketing Strategies
  • Content, Advertising, & Social IMC
  • The Business of Social

7|  Columbia University

  • Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • Free Cash Flow Analysis
  • Risk and Return

Because of the tight expiration date of the trial period for the courses, Ebreo finished all 36 courses in just 34 days, which means he finished an average of one course a day.

“It kept me from missing my girlfriend, and helped me cope with my ADHD by keeping me busy during the quarantine period,” said Ebreo. He hopes to work with government and has submitted applications to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and to the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).

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