The Osher Institute is a membership-based lifelong learning program for adults 50 and better. Non-credit, college-level short courses, lectures and other unique learning opportunities are taught by university and community experts.
An Osher membership gives participants the opportunity to gather with other adults from the community who are interested in lifelong learning. Membership covers a wide variety of subjects, including music, history, economics, politics, philosophy, biology, art, medicine, technology and more. The season offers several kinds of learning opportunities, including:
- Lectures – One-time presentations on a variety of subjects that occur throughout the season. There is no additional cost to members to attend lectures, but registration is required. Members may bring a non-member guest when space is available.
- Short Courses – Open only to Institute members, courses cover a variety of subjects and last as little as two weeks or as long as six, and are offered once and sometimes twice weekly in two-hour sessions.
- Special Events – Special events include field trips, workshops and unique one-time opportunities.
Osher Institute programming is presented in summer/fall (June–December) and winter/spring (January-May) seasons. A full-year membership is $70 and a half-year membership is $35. Membership fee includes attendance at all lectures for no additional cost, a parking pass, name badge and admission to the annual Winter Celebration. Short courses and special events are available with membership for an additional fee. Limited scholarships for membership are available for those in need of financial assistance.
All Institute offerings are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so early registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, visit osher.boisestate.edu or call 426-1709.
The Institute is endowed by the Bernard Osher Foundation and operates through Boise State University’s Division of Extended Studies. There are 116 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes located in colleges and universities across the country; Boise State’s is the only one in Idaho.