About Membership & Courses

The Benefits of Membership
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The Benefits of Membership

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley celebrates the insatiable curiosity of adults 50+ and their ongoing quest to learn about, engage with, and contribute to the world around them. No Cal affiliation required. Just a love of learning. All are welcome! 

As an OLLI @Berkeley member, you gain exclusive access to:

  • Revelatory courses — 100+ per year! — in history, politics, science, literature, music, film and more taught by Cal faculty and other scholars
  • Speaker events and Town Halls featuring leading thinkers on campus and in their fields discussing some of the most pressing issues of our time
  • Intergenerational dialogues with Berkeley undergraduates focused on topics of critical importance to all
  • Field trips and socials led and organized by members
  • Vital Aging, a monthly gathering that explores issues of special significance to older adults, often featuring guest speakers

Membership Types

Choose the membership that fits you best. Course fees are separate, and are based on your membership type, course type (lecture, discussion, workshop or Best of OLLI) and delivery method (in person or hybrid.) We offer four academic terms per year: fall, winter, spring and summer.

 

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Single Term

$75

Valid: 1 term
Course Fees:
   Lecture: Starts at $90
   Discussion: $205  
   Workshop: $245
   Best of OLLI: not available

  • A great way to sample OLLI
  • Makes sense if you take courses for one term only and not again within a year

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Annual

$100

Valid: 4 consecutive terms
Course Fees:
   Lecture: Starts at $90
   Discussion: $205 
   Workshop: $245
   Best of OLLI: not available

  • Our most popular option!
  • Access 100+ courses per year
  • A smart choice if you take courses during two or more terms — most members do!

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Annual Plus

$110

Valid: 4 consecutive terms
Course Fees:
   Lecture: Starts at $90
   Discussion: $205 
   Workshop: $245
   Best of OLLI: $75

  • Enjoy all the benefits of an Annual membership
  • PLUS access to our Best of OLLI Subscription Series — a rotating archive of our most popular pre-recorded courses
  • 12 new Best of OLLI courses available per term

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Premium

$950

Valid: 4 consecutive terms
Course Fees:
   Lecture: $0
   Discussion: $40 
   Workshop: $80
   Best of OLLI: not available

  • Big savings for lifelong learners! 
  • Most cost effective option if you take 2+ courses a term or 6+ courses per year
  • Pay no fees for lecture courses (50+ offered per year)
  • Enjoy steep discounts on workshops and discussion groups

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Premium Plus

$960

Valid: 4 consecutive terms
Course Fees:
   Lecture: $0
   Discussion: $40 
   Workshop: $80
   Best of OLLI: $75

  • Enjoy all the benefits of a Premium membership
  • PLUS access to our Best of OLLI Subscription Series — a rotating archive of our popular pre-recorded courses
  • 12 new Best of OLLI courses available per term

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Best of OLLI Subscription

$25

Valid: 4 consecutive terms
Course Fees:
   Lecture: not available 
   Discussion: not available  
   Workshop: not available
   Best of OLLI: $75

  • Enjoy access to Best of OLLI subscription series only — a rotating archive of our popular pre-recorded courses
  • 12 new courses available per term
  • Learn any time, anywhere!
  • Does not include member-only benefits such as Town Halls, speaker events, intergenerational dialogues, and field trips.

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Special Offer for New Members

New members can receive $25 off a Single-Term membership! Please email the office for the special code.

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"OLLI for All" Fee Assistance Program

We welcome everyone with a passion for learning! With fee assistance, you'll enjoy all the benefits of membership, plus:

  • Waived membership dues ($100 savings)
  • 70% off all individual course fees

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Gift Memberships

An OLLI @Berkeley membership makes a great gift! It fits everyone perfectly and never goes out of style.

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Course Types, Explained

  • Lecture: A large, presentation-style class with varying amounts of Q&A. Many of our courses are lectures.
     
  • Discussion: A medium-sized class with 40 or fewer participants. A mix of lecture and robust discussion. 
     
  • Workshop: Small, hands-on classes with 24 or fewer participants. Typically writing- or art-focused. 
     
  • Best of OLLI: A curated archive of our most popular pre-recorded courses. 12 new offerings per term.
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Discounts on Membership

Members of the following groups receive a $10 discount on all types of memberships. One discount per member. Course fees cannot be discounted. Fee Assistance memberships are not eligible for additional discounts.

  • Cal Alumni Association
  • Current or retired faculty and staff at UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, or UC Office of the President
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Campus & Community Discounts

Cal Alumni Association (CAA) 
$10 off membership

OLLI members will receive a $10 discount on a $60 Senior Citizen annual membership at the Cal Alumni Association (CAA). CAA members receive many benefits of interest to OLLI members, such as library access at all UC campuses and discounts on performance tickets at many Bay Area venues.
 

UC Botanical Garden
$15 off membership

OLLI members can join the UC Botanical Garden as Cal Affiliates (see Cal Affiliate Membership) and save $15 on an individual or family membership.
 

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