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.


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 new academic cooperative provides mature adults with opportunities for intellectual stimulation, cultural development, and social interaction.

OLLI at UA educational programs are centered on courses developed by and often taught by its members, who volunteer their time and talents to share their knowledge and interests with other members. You’ll find no homework, no exams, no required college degree, no age threshold (and no academic credits) - just learning for the pure joy of learning.

Besides broadening your knowledge, research has shown that adults who stay active intellectually are also healthier and more socially balanced. There are other studies that state that 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.


OLLI is for Fun

Why Should I Join?

Being an OLLI member offers a lot of 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


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