Who We Are

Who We Are

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley is a learning community of more than 2,500 inquisitive adults, ages 50 and above, with a passion for exploration, engagement and connection. Having fun, too.

From courses and speaker events, to field trips and intergenerational exchanges, our members come together to learn, grow and contribute together — delighting in the ongoing discovery of new knowledge and deeper, more powerful ways of understanding the world and themselves. 

All are welcome to join! No Cal affiliation is needed — simply a love of learning (without homework, exams or grades.)


Our mission is to create and facilitate a public space for the community and campus to experience the joys and benefits of lifelong learning. 

Curated Learning

We offer four academic terms per year — fall, winter, spring and summer — and dedicate months to curating each one. We strive to shine a light on a diverse range of voices and subjects, from international documentary filmmaking to the state of political discourse.

Our members enjoy exclusive access to a vast array of in-person and online courses, diving deep into history, politics, literature, music, film, global affairs, and more taught by Cal faculty and other distinguished scholars.

Along with offering dozens of courses each term, we also host a popular speaker series, bringing in leading voices on campus and in their fields to discuss some of the most critical issues of our time — providing an interactive forum for members to deepen and perhaps shift perspectives on topics in the news and on the edges. 


OLLI @Berkeley was established in 2007 with generous support from the Bernard Osher Foundation and is one of 125 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country.    

Land Acknowledgement

OLLI @Berkeley recognizes that the campus sits on the territory of xučyun (Huichin), the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people, the successors of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. We also recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from, the use and occupation of this land, since the institution’s founding in 1868. Read more about the Ohlone land.