OLLI-UA (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arizona) is a non-credit lifelong learning program open to all adults over the age of 50. We are membership driven and have five locations serving Greater Tucson and Southern Arizona. OLLI-UA is an Affiliate of UA through the Continuing and Professional Education department.
Classes are offered at our different campuses and range from 1 1/2 to 2 hours in length. Similar to the UA calendar, we hold courses during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Most of our classes (also known as Study Groups) are created and led by our own members. All members who lead Study Groups are passionate about their topic and happy to share their knowledge with others.
Additionally, UA faculty have participated as instructors for OLLI-UA as part of the “outreach” mission of the University. Course leaders invariably enjoy their engagements with OLLI-UA members. Our classes are usually informal; members and leaders both enjoy a "give and take" atmosphere. We also value and welcome the participation of outside speakers/experts/professionals from our community.
Our operating funds come from our membership dues, donations/gifts and money from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Osher Foundation has established 121 similar programs at colleges and universities throughout the US.