Osher Life Long Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at NC State provides non-credit short courses, study trips, and special events for adults aged 50+. Topics are wide-ranging in the liberal arts and sciences, and we emphasize learning for the joy of learning. Programs range from one-time lectures to six-week courses, and we provide many opportunities to connect with others who share your interests. Most of our courses are held at the easily-accessible McKimmon Conference & Training Center. We were founded in 1991 as the Encore Program, and we are proud to be now part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Network, a group of programs that receive support from The Bernard Osher Foundation


International Focus


International Focus is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to support North Carolina's international communities. It sponsors the International Festival of Raleigh held in the fall and promotes cross-cultural communications, education and understanding through various programs including the International Visitor Leadership Program, IVLP Home Hospitality and the Open World Leadership Program of the U>S> Congress. For futher information see


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