The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Washington University in St. Louis offers a wide variety of courses that emphasize peer learning and active class participation by senior adults.

Study groups are not for credit; there are no exams, no grades. Nevertheless, all members of this learning community take their responsibilities seriously: student participation is an essential element in our continuing vitality.

We offer courses in art and architecture, contemporary issues, creative writing, economics, film studies, history, literature, math/science/technology, music, and philosophy. Knowledgeable members plan, develop, and present the courses and related field trips, workshops, and cultural and social events. When you enroll in a course, you become a member of the OLLI family.

Most subjects are offered in three 8-week regular terms (fall, winter, and spring) and one 4-week summer session. A few special interest group courses (designated with the initials “SIG”) continue year-round.

Formerly the Lifelong Learning Institute, the institute was renamed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Washington University in St. Louis with support and funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation. With the addition of Washington University’s program, the Osher Foundation now supports 123 lifelong learning institutes on university and college campuses across the country, with at least one grantee in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Information Sessions

Our “ShowMeOLLI” information sessions are a great way for interested students to explore what our institute offers. Attendees will be able to sample three classes at the event.

Upcoming ShowMeOLLI Events
  • September 12 from 1-3 p.m.

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