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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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Stay for the people.

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KU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers noncredit enrichment courses and events in accessible and innovative learning environments throughout northeastern Kansas and Greater Kansas City, and engage virtually with individuals from across the nation. Although our program focuses on individuals 50 and "better", learners of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. No homework. No tests. No pressure. It’s learning just for the joy of it.

In-person courses are back! Come join us. We have missed seeing all of you and we’re excited to be back in the classroom. This summer we have 33 in-person courses being held in Lawrence, Eudora, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Topeka and Clay County, Mo.

Our summer semester runs from June 6 through August 11. During that time, we will host 46 courses/events covering a wide array of topics! Courses will be offered in various formats, including in-person, hybrid and online. If you sign up for a hybrid course, you can either attend in person or join us online. You will just need to specify your choice upon registration. Course times vary from 90 minutes to two hours taught in three-week sessions; however, some courses are a one-time only offering so please look at the descriptions for details. Special event times are based on the specific offering so be sure to carefully review the event descriptions for details.

We’re exited to announce our new referral program. If you know a lifelong learner who understands the value of intellectual engagement and social connection, encourage them to enroll in their first three-week Osher course for an introductory price of $15. Once they enroll, you will receive 50% off one Osher course (does not include special events). The person must be new to Osher or have not taken classes since June 1, 2019. All discounts must be used by October 31, 2022. To refer a friend reach out to linda.k@ku.edu.

As you begin your summer vacation planning, be sure to take Osher along with you. Our online archive of pre-recorded courses affords you the opportunity to learn on-the-go. While you enjoy the pleasures of travel and leisure time, enrich your life by engaging your mind. For a limited time, we have several three-week courses available for $35! Take advantage of this summer special.

 Access our catalog here (PDF)Register for courses and events here.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email lpe@ku.edu or call 913-897-8530 at least three weeks before the first day of the event. Some events may require notice earlier than three weeks and require you to contact a specific individual; if so, that information is provided in the event-specific information.