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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI is The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of The University of Alabama. OLLI membership is open to all who enjoy learning, making new friends, taking field trips and traveling near and far. There are no age limits, no homework and certainly no tests. Olli is simply for the sheer joy of living.

Our Champions

OLLI@UA & The College of Continuing Studies are proud sponsors of The University of Alabama's Adapted Athletics program

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OLLI at UA is a membership program that is member planned and member managed. Member participation and volunteerism are the fuels for the success of OLLI at UA. This academic cooperative provides mature adults with opportunities to learn new things, make friends, travel and embrace life. Courses are taught by volunteers who share their knowledge and passions. You’ll find no homework, no grades, no required degrees or age threshold.

Why is lifelong learning important?

Besides broadening your knowledge, research has shown that adults who stay active intellectually are also healthier and more socially balanced. Other studies suggest keeping your brain busy helps fight off effects of age on memory and perception and may possibly slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Enjoy member benefits!

  • Intellectual, cultural and social interaction in a member-governed organization
  • Opportunity to increase knowledge and explore new interests where learning is fun
  • Bonus presentations on an unlimited variety of topics
  • Field Trips- visiting places of interest
  • Socials and special events
  • UA library card privileges
  • UA Action Card and Bama Perks
  • Participation in OLLI Special Interests Groups
  • Meeting and enjoying peers actively involved in lifelong learning
  • Engagement in senior-friendly learning
  • Invitations to campus lectures and presentations


Discover Scotland Trip: May 7- 16, 2017

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Highlights of the trip include: Bagpipe Lesson, Loch Lomond Cruise, Farm Visit, Isle of Skye, Armadale Castle, Loch Ness, Orkney Islands, Dunrobin Castle, Whisky Distillery, St. Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Cooking Experience

Download the brochure for more details and to book your trip!


OLLI is for Fun