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Welcome to
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

at the University of Rhode Island

Our Mission

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Rhode Island provides learning opportunities to enhance the enjoyment, meaning, and direction of adult lives as well as the health and well-being of adults.  OLLI seeks to develop a community of older learners.

Established in 2009 and offering diversified courses and activities, OLLI at URI enjoys a rich relationship with the University. Membership is open to anyone fifty year of age and older. Whether teaching, learning, playing, or exploring, OLLI members constitute a vibrant, lifelong learning community.

Without the pressure of exams, papers, grades, or previous academic degrees, OLLI members enjoy an environment that encourages intellectual stimulation, curiosity, and the desire to learn just for the joy of leaning. Within a friendly atmosphere, people are welcomed and inspired to participate in discussions on topics that generate new questions, and ways of seeing the world and ourselves.

The OLLI at URI is part of a national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation. OLLI members play a key role in shaping, managing, and leading the organization.

Equal Access Statement

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call the OLLI office 874-4197 at least 3 business days in advance of the need. Interpreters require a minimum of 2 weeks advance notice, when possible. We are committed to equal access for persons with disabilities, and we will make every reasonable effort to provide accommodations.



Click on any of the links to the left to learn more about the URI OLLI program.