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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington (OLLI-UW) offers a range of programs for intellectually curious adults over the age of 50. We’re currently offering both in-person and Zoom courses.


OLLI-UW courses cover engaging subjects ranging from global events to the arts, from health science research to compelling issues of the day. Current and retired UW faculty or experts from the community lead the courses.

We offer a full schedule of more than 20 courses in autumn, winter and spring. Courses typically meet weekly for two hours for three to five weeks. Other courses are offered as a single session. OLLI-UW members pay a fee of $30–$75 per course, depending on the number of sessions. You can register online for courses.

To register by phone, please call the registration team at 206-543-2310. If you have any questions about courses or signing in, please email us or call 206-685-6549.

Course Packages

OLLI-UW members can now enjoy three-course ($200) and six-course ($400) package deals. Three-, four- and five-week courses are eligible for this deal. Osher Online courses and field trips are not eligible. 

Osher Online 

OLLI-UW is piloting a new partnership with Osher Online, a program developed by the National Resource Center (NRC) that acts as a central resource for all Osher Institutes (there are 125 in the U.S.). Osher Online offers online programs for any Osher Institute and its members, organized by the NRC.

Here's how you can participate:

  • Register for a course and pay OLLI-UW, and we'll pass on your name and email to the NRC.
  • NRC will host a couple of orientation sessions to help you get familiar with the various resources.
  • Osher Online will send you the login information, and you'll have the chance to engage with speakers and members nationally. 
  • Courses are six sessions long and cost $90.
  • Courses are not eligible for the course package deals.

We hope you enjoy this new addition to our Osher Institute. Please email us if you have any questions.

March–April 2024 Courses


In Person

May–June 2024 Courses


In Person

Monthly Lecture Series

These lectures are talks by experts on a wide range of subjects. These events are free for OLLI-UW members and are held about once a month in several locations. Members are invited to bring their lunch and a guest. Once a quarter, OLLI-UW also hosts a lecture that is open to the general public. You can register online for our lectures.

Upcoming Lectures 

Study Groups

Designed and led by members, study groups are free to OLLI-UW members. Groups allow participants the opportunity to focus on a chosen topic for a brief or a sustained period of time. Many study groups are book groups.  

Special Events

Guided museum and garden tours, summer field trips and other special events are offered periodically throughout the year. Some events charge a small fee.