Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 

Welcome to OLLI@UM.

For over 35 years, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami (OLLI@UM) has been providing courses and social activities for its members.  Our mission, as part of the University of Miami, is to provide adults 50 years old and better with intellectual stimulation, social interaction, service opportunities, and outreach to the university and to the greater community.  Situated within the University's Division of Continuing and International Education, OLLI@UM welcomes all members of the community who consider learning an integral part of life.  Membership is open to all those who wish to continue their pursuit of learning.  The Institute's programs are designed to accomodate a relaxed learing atmosphere; thus, making it easy for anyone who may have been away from a formal learning environment for many years.

Classes are offered with no tests and, in most cases, no homework.  They are designed to spark curiosity, encourage participation and fit a flexible schedule.  Members are people who are interested in keeping their minds active and engaged.

OLLI@UM is on the Coral Gables University of Miami campus, located in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL  33146.

You can contact us in person, at our office, by phone at 305-284-6554, or by email at osher@miami.edu.


OLLI@UM provides reasonable accommodations in its programs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. To request disability accommodations, you must contact the OLLI@UM office at 305-284-6554 as soon as you register and at least two weeks before classes begin.


Registration Instructions »  Spring 2020 Catalog  »


Spring 1: January 13, 2020 - February 24, 2020 
Spring 2: March 2, 2020  - April 10, 2020


Online Registration for the Spring 2020 sessions begins on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.

Registration information and all class information (times, days, overviews, course descriptions) are available on this website. Always check online for current information and updates! The best way to ensure you get the courses you want is to register yourself online.

Registration instructions can be found here. For assistance, you may call: 305-284-6554 and an OLLI staff member or volunteer will help you with your registration.


In-Person Registration begins on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and continues through, Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lau Founders Hall.  Friday, January 10, 2020, is reserved for phone registrations only

Classes will fill up quickly, registering yourself online is the best way to secure your seat.Become an OLLI Member »    View our Life @ OLLI Photo Gallery


Learning for the sake of learning enriches one's life, hones the mind and builds bonds between new and old friends that can last a lifetime. At the University of Miami, the Osher Life Long Learing Institute provides a relaxed learning environment for those over the age of 50 who share a common understanding that life should be filled with continual intellectual growth and exploration.

Founded in 1984 as the Institute for Retired Professionals, OLLI offers members an ongoing menu of programs such as languages, history, literature, the arts, current events and world affairs, to name just a few. With expert instructors, including UM faculty, courses are designed for students aged 50 and over, high-level and high-interest, without being high-stress.

At OLLI@UM, you'll find a world of new experiences with a changing catalog of courses that will be sure to interest you. But, beyond the program's rich offerings, you'll find a community of new friends from fascinating backgrounds, each on his or her own quest to continue to enrich their respective understanding of the world around them.

Take the next step on your journey through lifelong learning. Join us at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami today.

You may submit a web inquiry by clicking here or e-mail osher@miami.edu

Benefits of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Membership

  • Eligible to register and enroll in courses at our Coral Gables location (tuition fees required)

  • Eligible to audit University classes (must pay an additional fee - requests processed through the OLLI office)

  • Access to the University Library System with check-out privileges at the Richter Library (Coral Gables campus)

  • General admission to the Lowe Art Museum

  • Special pricing on field trips and OLLI luncheons (event fee required)

  • Participation in OLLI clubs &  Noon-hour groups

  • Invitations to University special events

  • Option to purchase an OLLI member UM parking permit (additional fee payable at UM Parking Office)

  • A lively and stimulating group of fellow lifelong learners who share your interests

Course Evaluations »

Your feedback on your OLLI@UM courses is important to us. The Curriculum Committee uses information gathered in aggregate from the course evaluations submitted to us as they plan and make decisions about future class offerings. We thank you for your willingness to evaluate your OLLI@UM courses.

Teach a course

Many of our instructors and class facilitators are volunteers! If you are a prospective instructor or facilitator interested in volunteering to teach a course or lead a club, please fill out our Course Proposal Form.

We have a 'teach a class, take a class' policy. Our OLLI volunteer instructors teaching a paid class are eligible to enroll in a class of the same value for free. OLLI volunteers facilitating a free club are eligible to receive a tuition waiver valued at our lowest priced course. Join us and teach your passion!




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