Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Non-Degree Programs

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Washington University in St. Louis is a community outreach education program for seniors ages 50 and over that offers a variety of noncredit academic courses. 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. As described in this course listing, there are offerings 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.

OLLI is for people who love learning for the sheer joy of it and are looking for a place to engage their minds.

Program Details

Most subjects are offered in eight-week terms in fall, winter and spring, with a four-week summer session. A few courses continue year-round.

Academic Sessions

  • Winter 2019: January 7 - March 4, 2019
  • Spring 2019: April 1 - May 24, 2019
  • Summer 2019: July 8 - August 2, 2019
  • Fall 2019: September 23 - November 15, 2019
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"OLLI has proven to be a way to learn about new subjects and new things, with new friends who have a range of interests and expertise. I think of it as continuing my liberal arts education and opening my mind to unexpected challenges. I look forward to each term to finding out the buffet of possibilities on offer."

―John DwyerOsher Lifelong Learning Institute member

Still have questions?

Director of OLLI: Katie Compton | (314) 935-4237 | ccompton@wustl.edu