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The University of Texas at Austin Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (UT OLLI) is where curious adults can enjoy classes in a relaxed community of friends, among leading scholars and experts, who share a fascination with exploring new areas of knowledge and traditional disciplines.

Members come from all walks of life and bring a lifetime of experiences to the classroom. Programming is uniquely developed and driven by member interests as a way to enhance collaboration and program engagement.

Thanks to the generosity of the Bernard Osher Foundation, UT OLLI is part of a larger network of institutes scattered across the country, currently found on the campuses of 125 colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska.


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Annual membership includes three six-weeks sessions (Fall, Winter, & Spring) and an option to participate in Summer programming.

A full menu of content is available on campus at TCC with a bonus day for remote learning. Live-streamed content is also recorded for later enjoyment.

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Membership offers additional opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities that include volunteering, field trips and social gatherings featuring noted authors, musicians, scholars, and industry experts.

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UT OLLI is comprised of 4 programs to accommodate any busy schedule. Select one to join, or attend all 4 as a UT OLLI SCHOLAR.

See an overview! >

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Each program boasts curriculum offerings that are academic in nature and cover an extensive range of subject areas including: fine arts, science and technology, history, business, public and lifestyle.

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Members attending a lecture in the TCC Auditorium.

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Enjoying the Under the Oaks Cafe between classes.


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To join, please add your name to the Prospective Member list:

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Once you sign up, you will be sent an email inviting you to become a member. Programs fill quickly and seats are limited, please plan on enrolling promptly once notified. UT OLLI is comprised of four programs that meet in-person on different days of the week and one day of online offerings. Annual membership includes three six-week sessions. Each program boasts curriculum offerings that are academic in nature and cover an extensive range of subject areas. Membership also includes numerous occasions to participate in extra-curricular activities that include volunteering, field trips and social gatherings.

Membership Requirements

UT OLLI is a membership-based lifelong learning program for adults in the central-Austin community and beyond. We do not screen for age nor require former affiliation with The University of Texas at Austin or any higher education certification. To become a member, we only ask that you be able to set up a UT EID and have an email address that is routinely checked for updates and timely information.

Many couples choose to participate in UT OLLI together. Preference to spouses of current members will be given for enrollment until the first day of the fall session. 

Switching Programs or Taking Sabbatical

Once you are a UT OLLI member, during renewal, current members may choose to renew their membership into any other UT OLLI program.

Members may also choose to take a sabbatical year for a fee that ensures priority renewal in the next membership year.


Complimentary parking is included in your UT OLLI membership. All in person programming take place in the TCC building on UT campus and members are provided a printed parking permit for Lot 40 on the corner of Dean Keeton and Red River.

For more information, please visit our Contact Us page.


Program Refunds: Annual membership fees may be refunded less a $35.00 administration fee any time before the first day of the fall session.

Event Refunds: Refunds may be provided up until the registration deadline for the pertinent event with a $10.00 processing fee accessed.

Lectures vs. Seminars

A lecture is a one-time event on a topic of general interest given by one or several speakers. There is typically a 15-minute question and answer period at the end of each lecture.

A seminar is a course that meets weekly for six consecutive weeks. Seminars can have either a single speaker or multiple speakers who present on a single theme for the entire seminar series.

For additional information, please visit our FAQs page! >

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Enrollment Open

Enrollment for the ongoing 2023-2024 program year is still open!

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Having trouble with online enrollment?

Contact UT OLLI

Email: utolli@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: 512-471-3124


Membership Gifts!

Gift a UT OLLI annual membership to a loved one or friend! Recipients will receive a mailed card or a digital certificate with next steps on how to get started.