Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

About OLLI

Learn. Explore. Grow.

Join us at OLLI for friendship, social opportunities and learning with no grades or exams

• Locations in Kent, Sussex, New Castle counties
• Academic cooperative for adults 50 and over
Prior membership or participation not required

The University of Delaware is proud of its history as one of the earliest and largest lifelong learning programs in the country, hosting Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) programs in Dover, Lewes, Ocean View and Wilmington. Structured as academic cooperatives, OLLI programs are open to adults aged 50+ to take and teach classes together, with course offerings determined by member interest as well as the passions and expertise of the dedicated volunteer member-instructors at each program’s location, with no grades, exams or educational prerequisites.

OLLI membership is open to men and women 50+ and to members’ spouses or partners at any age. Whether your formal education ended early in life or includes advanced degrees, we welcome you.

Locations in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties – and online!

More than 3,900 OLLI members from Delaware and our neighboring states participate in lifelong learning courses and programs each year, in subjects like:

  • Dover ― Genealogy: Pre-Immigration Research, Re-Imagining Shakespeare’s Richard III, Verdi Made Simple
  • Lewes ― Introduction to Bee Keeping, Lewes & Base Ball, Stained Glass Fundamentals, Telescopes: Time Machines of Discovery
  • Ocean View ― Adventures of a Global Journalist, English Country Dancing, World War II in the Pacific
  • Wilmington ― Choir, Folk Dancing, Genealogy, Holocaust, Medical/Health Lectures, Paleontology, Tai Chi, Selling Your Home, Rock Band
  • ONLINE! ― American Sign Language (ASL), Languages, Memoir Writing, Russian Opera, Investing, Life & Legacy of RFK 

OLLI programs are structured as learning cooperatives, with an affordable semester-based membership fee, not tuition. Financial assistance options are available at all locations. OLLI is not affiliated with any religious or political organization, nor does OLLI endorse or promote any political or religious viewpoints.