Effective March 31, 2020, all OLLI programs will be conducted through e-class until further notice.



OLLI at Eckerd College offers more than 400 classes a year on a wide variety of topics. Formats range from one session lectures to multi-session courses, from day trips to multi-day international tours.  Membership is not required for participation but it certainly has its benefits!

OLLI has three terms: Fall (September–December), Winter (January–April), and Spring/Summer (May–September). Most activities are offered on week-days but some events take place during evenings and on weekends.

New to the area?  Just visiting? Have a friend in town? We welcome you to join us for one class at the member rate—for one time only—before deciding on an annual membership.  Select a class that interests you and call the OLLI office at 727.864.7600 to check space availability.  Special offer does not apply to day trips or special events.

Study Travel

Open your eyes to a world of new experiences! Choose from a variety of travel opportunities for a chance to travel with fellow lifelong learners, from trips curated and escorted by OLLI at Eckerd College staff and faculty, to those arranged by trusted travel agencies and cruise lines. Where will you study next?

Old building in plaza

St. Petersburg to St. Petersburg (and Moscow)

April 28–May 7, 2022 (10 days)

  • Led by Bill Parsons, Professor Emeritus of History and Russian Studies
  • $3,269 double occupancy (if booked by September 1, 2021)
    Pricing includes land only. Round trip airfare is available for purchase through ACIS.
  • Additional Information

Travel from your Saint Petersburg to the Saint Petersburg of the north with Eckerd College alumni and friends and enjoy all that the fascinating land of Russia has to offer! On our program, we’ll start in Moscow beneath the tall towers and walls of the ancient Kremlin fortress, seeing the Armory Museum, Lenin’s Tomb, and St. Basil’s Church in the Soviet and contemporary capital of Russia. Then travel by high-speed train to the imperial capital of Saint Petersburg, where the “Venice of the North” will stun you with its picturesque canals, enormous and ornate Orthodox churches, and perfectly preserved imperial architecture. You’ll get to see the world-famous art collection of the Hermitage, tour the imposing Sts. Peter and Paul Fortress, and enjoy one of Saint Petersburg’s legendary ballet performances before returning home with unique experiences you’ll not soon forget.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Mary Szaroleta, director of OLLI, at szarolm@eckerd.edu.

OLLI Programs Calendar

Live in HD Programs:
Ballet, Opera & Theatre

Teaching for OLLI

OLLI’s instructors are its lifeblood—they deliver great content, facilitate meaningful discussions, and keep OLLI members on their toes with new perspectives. Each term OLLI welcomes back veteran instructors who have been with OLLI for years, while also introducing new instructors that have come to us via member recommendation, staff research, or their own outreach.

We are looking for presenters in all range of disciplines but especially seek those who teach in the following disciplines: art, current affairs, Florida studies, history and science.

OLLI has three terms: Fall (September–December), Winter (January–April) and Spring/Summer (May–August). Most programs are offered on weekdays.

2020-2021 Program Calendar

  • Fall I 2020 Term (online only): September 18–October 30, 2020
  • Fall II 2020 Term (online only): November 2–December 11, 2020
  • Winter I 2021 Term (online only): January 11–February 26, 2021
  • Winter II 2021 Term: March 1–April 30, 2021
  • Spring/Summer 2021 Term: May 10–August 27, 2021

2021-2022 Program Calendar

  • Fall 2021 Term: September 20–December 10, 2021
  • Winter 2022 Term: January 18–April 29, 2022
  • Spring/Summer 2022 Term: May 9–August 31, 2022

Course Proposal deadlines

  • Spring/Summer 2021: Monday, February 8, 2021
  • Fall 2021: Monday, April 26, 2021
  • Winter 2022: Monday, August 2, 2021

Submitting a Proposal

  1. Read the OLLI Instructor Handbook (revised 2020)
  2. Complete the OLLI Course Proposal Form
Questions about teaching for OLLI? Please email OLLI at olliregistrar@eckerd.edu