Osher (OLLI)

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Enjoy the sheer love of learning

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at UCLA) provides a unique opportunity for individuals age 50 or over to engage in an extensive program of noncredit courses amongst a dynamic community of lifelong learners. Choose from formal lectures, discussion groups, creativity and movement courses, and special events.

Our engaging instructors come from distinguished UCLA faculty, insiders from the arts and entertainment industries, and other experts in a variety of professional fields. We also present non-academic events—such as museum tours, film screenings, speaker series, and more—exclusively for our OLLI at UCLA members.

Learn more about our OLLI at UCLA Membership, or try out our one-day Taste of Osher courses, which do not require membership.

 

REMOTE COURSES:

At this time, all OLLI courses are being offered remotely using Zoom web-conference software. Courses can be accessed online using your personal computer (or tablet or smart phone) from any location. For help accessing Zoom, see our Zoom Guide.

About our Courses

OLLI Members have access to a diverse and ever-changing array of programming every quarter. 

Taste of Osher

These 2-hour seminars offer a "taste" of the programming we offer throughout the year. Taste of Osher courses are open to non-members and members alike, and are just $15 each. Free for OLLI Plus Members.*

*Some exceptions apply.
 

Membership Courses

To enroll in our multi-week courses, you must be a current member of OLLI at UCLA. Offerings include instructor-led lecture courses, discussion groups, and interactive classes for creativity, games and movement. Most courses meet once a week for up to eight weeks, and are typically held weekdays from 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, and 6:30-8:30pm. Some courses are also offered on weekends.

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Become a Member!

Join our vibrant and friendly community of lifelong learners with an OLLI at UCLA annual membership.

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I have enjoyed choosing classes from a rich smorgasbord of stimulating subjects, taught by top-notch instructors, and forming satisfying new friendships with other enthusiastic members. I highly recommend Osher to all young-at-heart older adults who want to enrich their lifetime learning experience.

Marlene Zweig
OLLI member

 

 

Get Involved

More than just courses, OLLI at UCLA is truly a community. Get involved by taking part in our multiple volunteer, leadership and giving opportunities below.

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (referred to as “Osher” or “OLLI”) is dedicated to providing excellence in lifelong learning opportunities for people aged 50+. There are currently 123 OLLI institutes nationwide, all funded in part by an endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation, which seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.

OLLI at UCLA is a self-sustaining, membership style program. Membership dues, course fees, and our endowment only cover a percentage of program costs. Annual fundraising efforts are essential to keeping the program sustainable and able to serve the 1,300+ members currently active in the Los Angeles area.

Interested in volunteering? Check out the volunteer opportunities below offered by UCLA and UCLA Extension, or email osher@uclaextension.edu to receive notifications about special volunteer events exclusively for OLLI members.

OLLI at UCLA has partnered with the UCLA Extension American Language Center. OLLI members can volunteer to help their international students improve their English speaking skills through casual conversation or structured activities. The American Language Center is located at the UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood Village, 10920 Lindbrook Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

As a member of OLLI, you are also eligible to join the Friends of Extension volunteer program.These volunteers provide services to UCLA Extension such as checking in students for courses or helping with any special events.  For more information about the Friends of Extension, please contact Jan Woo at jwoo@unex.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-1024.

The UCLA Volunteer Center values providing service opportunities to all members of the community. Please check out the Retiree Opportunities List, a curated collection of service opportunities geared specifically towards retirees. These opportunities are fun and exciting ways in which retirees can continue their involvement within local communities while using their lifetime experience, bringing wisdom and expertise to every project they participate in.

To learn more about volunteering on a committee, please email osher@uclaextension.edu.

OLLI Advisory Board - Advisory board members meet 4 times a year (once per academic quarter) to assist with the OLLI scholarship program. In addition, advisory board members provide feedback on strategic initiatives focused on building community and supporting members.  Appointment to the advisory board is by invitation only.

Curriculum Committee - Curriculum committee members meet in person 1-2 times a year and provide feedback via email as needed. The curriculum committee assists staff by identifying new instructors for the program, sharing highlights from OLLI courses, and promoting the OLLI program. Curriculum committee members also provide ideas for new courses, volunteer opportunities, or special events. To be eligible for the curriculum committee, you must have been an OLLI member for at least 2 years and complete an interview process.

Development Committee - Development committee members meet twice a year with the Director of Development and assist with annual fundraising efforts. These include providing in class presentations about fundraising to fellow OLLI members in the spring time. To be eligible, you must be an active OLLI member and an annual OLLI donor (donation can be of any size). Learn more about the OLLI Development Committee.

OLLI at UCLA hosts several annual event each year. Events are scheduled as they are planned and include:

  • OLLI Holiday Luncheon (for members, instructors, and guests). This is the social event of the year at OLLI! Taking place in mid-December, the event includes a buffet lunch, entertainment, raffles, and a small gift. Registration is required ($5).
  • Instructor Appreciation Lunch (for OLLI Instructors). This special annual event held in Westwood Village each May allows us to thank our instructors for their continued service to the OLLI at UCLA program. 
  • Donor Appreciation Luncheon (for annual donors to OLLI $250+). This formal luncheon takes place at the UCLA Faculty Center in mid-late September and features a plated 3-course meal and special entertainment. Donors who contribute more than $250 per academic year qualify. Donations for the current fiscal year close on June 30.

Support OLLI at UCLA with a Gift Today

OLLI at UCLA depends on private contributions from caring individuals like you to keep our program running and thriving. Your investment ensures that our high quality courses continue to enrich the lives of adults throughout Los Angeles. Your gift plays a critical role in helping OLLI at UCLA be financially sustainable so that we can serve a greater number of members.

As we prepare for the future, we rely on individual donations from members and non-members who believe in the transformative work of lifelong learning. You can help support the continuation and growth of the OLLI at UCLA program by making a tax-deductible donation of any size to our scholarship fund or support fund.

OLLI at UCLA Scholarship Fund - Provides members who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to lifelong learning a free year of OLLI Plus Membership. A donation to this scholarship fund means that we can award a greater number of scholarships every quarter.

Make a contribution to the "Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Scholarship Fund":  Online or by Mail*

OLLI at UCLA Support Fund - The OLLI at UCLA support fund helps cover the cost of our self-supporting program. Membership dues and course fees only cover a percentage of program costs.  A donation to the OLLI support fund ensures that we can continue to provide excellence in programming, instruction, and service.

Make a contribution to the "Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Support Fund": Online or by Mail

For questions on making a gift or for more information about donating to the OLLI program, please call the UCLA Extension Office of Development at (310) 206-5255.

*If giving by check, please make it payable to the UCLA Foundation and designate which fund in the memo section.

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Speak to an OLLI at UCLA representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
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