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Why Join a Lifelong Learning Institute?
Lifelong Learning Institutes (LLIs) offer non-credit college-level educational experiences, but with little or no homework and at a fraction of the cost. Classes are taught by members, and/or both retired and active faculty, and outside experts who have a particular expertise. But perhaps best of all — the life experience of all members elevates the discourse.

By joining an LLI you’ll...
•  Meet people who love to learn
•  Be involved in the give and take of lively discussions
•  Gain a better understanding of the world and oneself
•  Be eligible to participate in domestic and international study/travel programs designed exclusively by and for LLI members


Have a question? Contact the RSIN team at network@roadscholar.org.
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If the older generation wishes to be valued, as the elders were in times past, our retirements must be vigorous, where we give of ourselves and become a treasured resource.
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— LLI member
FAQs about Membership in an LLI
1. Can someone who hasn’t gone to college join an LLI?
2. Can I teach a course?
3. Do LLIs have computer groups?
4. What are the fees to join an LLI?
5. Do LLIs take credit cards?
6. What type of courses do LLIs offer?
7. Do LLIs have social events?
8. Do LLIs have field trips or other forms of travel?
9. Is it okay to miss a class?
10.  Do most LLIs offer nearby parking?


1. Can someone who hasn’t gone to college join a LLI?

Lifelong Learning Institutes are open to anyone, regardless of previous academic experience. All that is needed is a desire to keep one’s mind sharp and the joy that comes from learning something new.
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2.Can I teach a course at a LLI?

At most LLIs, members are encouraged to take part in the running of the program, be it teaching a course, answering the phone or anything else.
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3.Do LLIs have computer groups?

Yes, most LLIs offer computer training. Talk to your LLI about their offerings.
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4.What are the fees to join a LLI?

Fees differ, depending on the particular LLI. Some LLIs have a membership fee only, others a mix of membership fees and course fees. Fees can run from a low of about $25 to a high of $125 per year. All LLIs strive to keep fees as low as possible.
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5.Do LLIs take credit cards?

Some do, some don’t. The best thing to do is give the program you are interested in a quick phone call to find out.
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6.What type of courses do LLIs offer?

At the very heart of every Lifelong Learning Institute is the curriculum. Committees, composed of LLI members, decide what courses are to be offered, based on input from other members. Here is a brief sampling of some of the courses offered at Lifelong Learning Institutes. Music in French Civilization - Four from J.S. Bach - The Elements of Music - Memorable Musicals Art & Ideas: Romantic America - Beginning Watercolor - Pen & Ink - Basic Drawing - American Mystery Writers - Modern Short Fiction of the American South - James Fenimore Cooper’s Greatest Novels - Louisa May Alcott: Her Life & Work - Creative Writing - Everywoman’s Story Project - Life Writing - A Playwright’s Theatre - Theatre & the Public Good - Play Reading for Culture - Plays in Production - Reading & Understanding Poetry - The Epic - Schoolroom Poets - Understanding Shakespeare’s Sonnets - Nutrition & Food Issues - Biology of Aging - Medical Test Results - The Mind/Body Connection - Civil War - Celts: A History of Ireland, Scotland, Wales - Lewis & Clark - Early American History - Local Ecosystems - Local Island Ecology - Municipal Government - Aquaculture Research - Current Affairs/Events - Foreign Policy – Science courses of every type – Mathematics, and the list goes on and on.
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7.Do LLIs have social events?

People join lifelong learning institutes as much for the socialization as for the education. Social activities are a very strong component of LLIs. Here are some of the social events taking place at LLIs: Educational Travel Groups -Walking & Hiking Clubs - Theater Trips - Dinner Clubs - Book Clubs - Current Events Groups - Weekend Getaways - Summer Picnics - Theme Festivals - Chess Clubs - Ice Cream Socials - Holiday Parties - Theme Dinners - Card Groups - Bird Clubs - Special Interest Groups
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8.Do LLIs have field trips or other forms of travel?

Yes, travel of all types is very popular with LLI members. Be it a short field trip to a local historical site or overnight travel, all LLIs offer stimulating educational travel. Working with the Road Scholar Charter programs, LLIs also offer their members more wide-ranging travel all around the world.
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9.Is it okay to miss a class?

Things happen that can cause us to occasionally miss a class that we’ve signed up for. When that happens let the office know you won’t be attending that day. If you’ve signed up for a course and then discover you can not take any of the classes, be sure to let the office know right away so they can add someone from the waiting list in your place.
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10.Do most LLIs offer near-by parking?

LLIs do their best to ensure that participants can park as close to classrooms as possible. Sometimes this can be a bit challenging, especially if the LLI is meeting on a college campus. But the LLIs usually work out arrangements with the parking department. In some instances, LLIs have a bus that transports members. If the LLI is meeting off-site, there is almost always easy, nearby parking.
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