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Frequently Asked Questions - Programs

What is a workshop?

The descriptive term “workshops” is deliberately chosen instead of “courses” or “classes.” OLLI workshops are peer-led study groups on various subjects in which the OLLI workshop leader facilitates and encourages other members to participate in a common learning experience appropriate to its university setting. Although the subjects of workshops vary widely, they reflect this setting because the University established our lifelong learning program and provides its facilities.

Who is allowed to lead workshops? 

Any OLLI member is welcome to become a workshop leader, pending approval of the OLLI Program Director and Curriculum Committee.

How many workshops can I take? 

OLLI at SBU now operates in 3 modalities; In-Person, Virtual via Zoom & Hybrid

Members can register for an UNLIMITED number of Zoom workshops & up to 6 In-Person workshops.

All workshop limits are subject to change.


Does OLLI offer any for credit workshops?

OLLI does not offer any for credit workshops. If you are interested in attending formal university classes please contact the Senior Auditing Program for more information.  


What are the OLLI lecture series? 

The OLLI Lecture Series features engaging guest speakers who share their insights and experiences with the OLLI membership.  Topics can range from history, literature, sports, culture, music, travel, science, the arts and more.  OLLI members may attend any or all of the lectures. There is no charge to current members for the OLLI Lecture series events.