UMass Boston

Courses & Programs

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Curiosity never retires! You may workout and eat right to keep your body healthy, but what about your mind? Well, here are some opportunities to keep your brain as fit and active as your body. Take a moment and learn more about the different programs we offer our members. Lifelong learning occurs through a variety of means and methods, and OLLI at UMass Boston has several to offer you! Ready to join? Check out our membership options, or complete the Membership Form and mail in with your payment.

Go to OLLI's online course and program catalog.

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OLLI courses are typically 5-6 weeks long and meet once a week for 90 minutes. They are taught by a variety of professionals, experts, and enthusiasts! Courses explore a wide-range of topics and are offered both in-person and online via Zoom. Click on the image to the right to peruse the 2024 Fall Course Catalog.

OLLI Talks

OLLI Talks are one-time presentations or workshops held usually around the lunch hour. Like our courses, OLLI Talks cover a wide-range of topics and areas.

Walking Tours

Walking tours consist of a well-researched tour of a neighborhood or location in and around Boston and the south shore. Tour groups typically consist of no more that 15 members. Members must provide their own transportation to the tour's starting spot.

Theatre Outings

OLLI members enjoy discounted tickets to select theatre performance in the Boston area. The Theatre Committee works with various production companies to selects shows and dates for OLLI members, and a guest, to attend as a group.  All tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limit of 2 tickets per member.

Trips and Travel

OLLI members enjoy fun and educational day trips as well as overnight travel opportunities, both domestic and international. Working with local attractions and travel agencies, the travel committee members put together trip itineraries for these overnight trips and promote them to the wider OLLI membership. All participants in OLLI  travel programs, day or overnight, must be an OLLI member at the time of travel.  

Shared Interest Groups

Our social groups meet outside the normal OLLI class environment to discuss and enjoy mutual interests and hobbies. Each group is different depending on its focus, and all provide interesting lifelong learning opportunities as well as fun social experiences. Take a look at our current active ones!

Special Events

Author talks, current event discussions, summer and winter programming, fundraisers, and other programs are offered throughout the year.