Although both are noncredit programs open to community members, the two programs vary in important ways. Lifelong Learning is open to adults 18 and over, and most classes are held weeknights or weekends.
The Osher Institute is a membership program exclusively for adults 50 and over. Students pay a membership fee that entitles them the full array of member benefits, to take courses at the Institute, and to attend special events and other activities for members. Osher classes are held during the day in easily accessible locations with ample parking. Courses are selected by a committee of members and teaching is tailored to meet the needs of the mature learner.
You can visit our Lifelong Learning home page, and search for your class either by subject or by using the search box. Once you find the class you want, you can simply add the class to your cart and checkout online on our secure website.
If you are not comfortable with online transactions, feel free to call us at 801-587-LIFE (5433) and we'll be happy to take your registration by phone.
You may register up to the day of the class. However, we encourage early registration for the following reasons:
No. Anyone age 18 or older may take a Lifelong Learning class.
The room number for your class is posted on each Annex entrance - check the sign each week, as classes sometimes move. You can also check the Lifelong Learning website the night before your class to confirm the class location.
All U sites have parking, and parking is free after 6:00pm in the Annex parking lot. Many classes are held in the Annex, which is just east of the Huntsman Center. On nights when there is an event at the Huntsman Center (basketball and gymnastics), the Annex lot may be full. Lot attendants will direct you to available parking. Please check the Huntsman Center event dates so you can plan to arrive in time to park in a different lot. Check out the interactive campus map for directions to different campus locations.
If your class is held in the Annex, yes. The Fort Douglas TRAX stop is at the east end of the Annex's parking lot.
No. Lifelong Learning classes are affordably priced so the whole community can benefit.
If you are a benefits-eligible University of Utah employee with more than six months of employment, you may use your 50% tuition reduction for Lifelong Learning classes. Contact the Benefits Office at 801-581-7447 with questions about your eligibility.
You must complete the Tuition Reduction Application, which may be found at this page. This form needs to be completed once per semester.
If you are a benefits-eligible employee with more than one year of employment, your spouse may use your tuition reduction benefit for Lifelong Learning classes. A Tuition Reduction Application must be completed and may be found at this page. Contact the Benefits Office at 801-581-7447 with questions about your eligibility.
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Lifelong Learning language classes meet once a week for 2 hours. This means that a student could progress to Spanish II, for example, with just 9 hours of Spanish under his or her belt. Therefore, a Lifelong Learning level II class is much simpler than a high school or college level II. Take level I if you are a never-ever and level II if you have had some previous exposure to the language (greetings, counting, time, colors) but still consider yourself a beginner.
Most students take our level II language classes several times before progressing to level III, where the grammatical focus is generally on the past tense and vocabulary moves beyond travel basics. Lifelong Learning's most advanced level is called Intermediate/Advanced; at this level, you should be able to conjugate common verbs in the present, past, and future tenses and have a vocabulary that allows you to converse at a basic level on common topics. Intermediate/Advanced classes are generally taught entirely in the language being studied.
Fill out our online form, or call 801-587-LIFE (5433) and leave your name and address with the registration person or on the machine. A catalog will be mailed to you within 24 hours. Catalogs are also available in the Annex Building, each U site, and at selected locations around town. You can also download a PDF of our most recent catalog here.
We do not provide students with our instructors' phones or email addresses. We will, however, take your contact information and relay that to the instructor, who will contact you. Please call 801-587-LIFE to request to have an instructor call or email you.
You may be added to Lifelong Learning's email list or regular mailing list. Please call 801-587-LIFE or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request to be added to either or both lists. If you just want to receive our e-mails, you can sign up online here.
Call 801-587-LIFE or 801-581-6464. You may also submit your questions by using our online form.