OLLI-UW programs, courses, and events offer adults over the age of 50 a lively learning environment in which to explore intellectual and cultural topics of interest, share their experiences and talents, and meet new people. Programs are offered at various locations throughout the Puget Sound area.

For an overview of upcoming events, visit the OLLI-UW Program Calendar.

OLLI-UW members: Register for any of the programs below on the member portal.

Our courses cover thought-provoking subjects ranging from global events to the arts, from health science research to compelling issues of the day. Courses are led by current and retired UW faculty or experts from the community.

We offer a full schedule of about 20 courses in fall, winter, and spring, as well as field trips and other events in the summer. Courses typically meet weekly for a two-hour session for three to five weeks. OLLI-UW members pay a fee of $30-$45 per course, depending on the number of sessions (fees are subject to change). Representative course topics include:
  • Aging Healthy: UW Research Revealed
  • The Birth of the American Soundtrack
  • Contemporary Ethics
  • Critical Issues in Law Enforcement
  • Geology of our National Parks
  • Masters of the Renaissance
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • The Political History of the Supreme Court
  • Writing for Results

Lunch & Learn
Sessions feature noontime talks from experts on a wide range of subjects. OLLI-UW members are invited to bring lunch and a guest to these free events, scheduled about once a month.

Study Groups
Designed and led by members, study groups are free to all OLLI-UW members. Groups offer participants self-directed learning opportunities to focus on a chosen topic for a sustained period in a community of members with similar interests.

Special Events
Guided museum and garden tours, summer field trips and other special events are offered periodically throughout the year.

Additional UW Events
The University of Washington offers a wealth of events and opportunities that are open to community members.