University of Delaware

Professional & Continuing Studies

Osher Lifelong Learning

The University of Delaware hosts Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) programs in Dover, Lewes, Ocean View and Wilmington for adults 50+ to enjoy classes, teach, exchange ideas and travel together.

Structured as volunteer-based academic cooperatives, OLLI programs are open to adults 50+. Members can take and teach classes, 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.

Five-, 10- and 14-week classes are created by members for members, with no grades, exams or educational prerequisites. Classes include art, history, languages, literature, science and much more.

Why Join OLLI

  • Rewards of volunteering
    • “The rewards for volunteering are in many ways adding more to my life than a bank could hold. I am surrounded by people with like interests. I have new goals every day. My self-esteem has improved as well as my health and general well-being.”
  • Continuing to live life to the fullest
    • “We are committed to bring the fullness of our life experiences to share with others. I feel fulfilled, knowing that at age 84, I can still contribute, that I can play and grow, and that I can continue to experience delight. I find new opportunities to serve in ways that I never dreamed possible.”
    • “Osher provides the opportunity to learn things I’d like to know about, to meet people I would otherwise not have met, and to benefit from both. I participate in the program because I want to stay active intellectually and physically, and Osher provides for both.”
  • Great camaraderie
    • “It’s the excitement of regaining curiosity about all things great and small, a new challenge, a celebration with many ‘wow’ moments, great camaraderie, knowledgeable instructors and shared laughter and memories.”
    • “Each semester’s new catalog is a treasure. I find new and interesting course offerings and meet new friends and, of course, get to catch up and socialize with old friends!”

OLLI Locations