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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. 


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

We offer a full schedule of about 20 courses in fall, winter, and spring, as well as field trips and other events in the summer. Courses typically meet weekly for a two-hour session in the morning or afternoon for three to five weeks.

OLLI-UW members pay a fee of about $30–$50 per course, depending on the number of sessions.

Some past course topics have included:

  • Aging Healthy: UW Research Revealed
  • The Birth of the American Soundtrack
  • Critical Issues in Law Enforcement
  • Geology of our National Parks
  • Masters of the Renaissance
  • Mormonism
  • The Political History of the Supreme Court
  • So You Want to Write a Memoir

Lunch & Learns

Lunch & Learns are noontime 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. 

Some recent Lunch & Learn topics have included:

  • Birds of Winter
  • Data, Responsibly: The Next Decade of Data Science
  • The Founding Fathers and Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections
  • GMOs: The Good, the Bad and the Future
  • Washington’s Music Pioneers

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.