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OLLI at Eckerd 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!

Programs are offered online and in person during the weekdays 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.

Live in HD Programs

Get ready to be dazzled

Enjoy some of the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world through live or recorded HD simulcasts of National Theatre Live and the Metropolitan Opera: Live HD on the Eckerd College campus. All operas are presented with English subtitles.

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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?


January 24-29, 2023

An adventurous immersion into the people, culture, and enchantment of the island! Join our own Cuba expert, Vice President and Dean, Executive Education and Continuing Education, Kelly Kirschner, who has led several trips in the past, for a unique, immersive experience where you will be introduced to a range of sights, sounds, and tastes that make Cuba so special. Learn more about our trip to Cuba here.

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.

2022–2023 Program Calendar

  • Fall 2022 Term: September 19–December 9, 2022
  • Winter 2023 Term: January 17–April 21, 2023
  • Spring/Summer 2023 Term: May 15–August 25, 2023

Course Proposal deadlines

  • Winter 2023: Monday, August 1, 2022
  • Spring/Summer 2023: Monday, January 30, 2023
  • Fall 2023: Monday, May 1, 2023

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