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 up, with a passion for exploration, engagement and connection. Having fun, too.
From courses and speaker events, to field trips and research opportunities, our members come together to grow together — delighting in the ongoing discovery of new ideas and ways of experiencing and understanding the world, and themselves.
Our mission is to create and facilitate a public space for the community and campus to experience the joys and benefits of lifelong 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 online and in-person courses, including deep dives into history, politics, literature, music, current affairs, and more — all taught by Cal faculty and other distinguished scholars.
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.
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.