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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Osher


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What is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute?

Osher was established at the University of New Mexico in 2007. Unlike conventional university or college classes, there are no entrance requirements, tests or grades. You'll meet interesting people, form new friendships and socialize around shared intellectual interests. 

Who Can Join?

Those who know that life is best enjoyed through learning become Osher members. Individuals aged 50 and better are invited to enroll. There is no age limit! Whether you are working, retired, or semi-retired, you can be a part of Osher at UNM. You do not need college experience, only a desire to learn and be a part of the Osher community.

Why is there a membership fee?

The membership fee is to help support the program and is a requirement of all lifelong learning programs supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Fees vary among university sites. Our annual membership is $20. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a non-profit, member-based organization.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and purchase orders. UNM Tuition Remission may be applied towards Osher classes, but CANNOT be applied to the Osher membership fee.

What courses are offered?

Non-credit courses are offered three times a year during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. They range from one session to twelve weeks in length. Course topics include: Art & Art History, Current Events, Economics & Finance, History, Literature & Writing, Music & Theater, Philosophy & Religion, Psychology & Health, Science & Technology, and Travel & Culture.

May I take a class if I am not an Osher member?

You must be an Osher member to attend a class. You may be the guest of an Osher member for one class session. We’re sure you’ll love our classes and will become a member!

Where is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute located?

Most Osher classes are held at the Continuing Education building on 1634 University Blvd NE just north of Indian School on the east side of the street. There is plenty of free parking. Visit our Maps, Parking & Class Locations page for more information. Osher Classes are also held at Del Webb Alegria Active Adult Community in Bernalillo, the Jubilee Community in Los Lunas and La Vida Llena – Nueva Vista Community in Northeast Albuquerque.