Winter 2024 Semester

Warm Up with Some Hot Topics This Winter with Osher@Mizzou!

Winter is a great time to keep your brain active. Plus, learning is fun at Osher@Mizzou! The four-week Winter 2024 Semester runs from Jan. 8 through Feb. 5, with options for two- and four-week sessions. Choose from an array of 19 compelling courses in the arts, history, politics and more. Registration opens on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Questions? Contact the friendly Osher staff via email: [email protected] or phone: (573) 882-8189.

Academic Year 2023-2024 Dates

  • Fall 2023 (8 weeks): Monday, Sept. 11 – Friday, Nov. 3
    Start of a new Academic Year; all Premium, Semester and Basic memberships must be renewed. - Complete
  • Winter 2024 (4 weeks): Monday, Jan. 8 – Monday, Feb. 5
    No classes on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 15.
    Registration opens on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023.
  • Spring 2024 (8 weeks): Monday, March 4 – Friday, May 3
    No classes during MU’s Spring Break, March 25–29.
  • Summer 2024 (4 weeks): Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 28
    No classes on Juneteenth, June 19.

Scholarships are Available

Osher@Mizzou is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships for individuals, age 50 and above, who would like to participate in the program but, due to financial or time constraints, are unable to do so.

Need-based Scholarships: For individuals age 50+ who would like to join at the Premium level but, due to financial constraints, are unable to do so.

need-based-scholarship application

Caregiver Scholarships: For individuals age 50+ who take part in caregiving services for family members and friends. Provides a complimentary Basic membership, which includes Potpourri of the Arts, Brown Bag seminars, clubs and Friday Morning Book Talks.

caregiver scholarship application

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    What is the location for in-person classes?

    In-person classes occur at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area, 1905 Hillcrest Drive, Columbia, MO 65201. Classes are held in the Moss Building. Click here for a Google Map of our location.

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    When can I register for classes?

    Registration opens about two weeks before classes begin.

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    How do I register for classes?

    After reading through course descriptions and membership types, click on the Join us/Register now box located in the middle of this page. That will direct you to our registration site.

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    Do I have to register online?

    Online registration is fairly straightforward and our friendly Osher staff is available to help should you have any questions, but you do not have to register online. Call 573-882-8189 or email [email protected] to register over the phone or to get help with online registration.

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    Where can I find my registration confirmation?

    When you register for classes, you'll automatically be sent a confirmation email. If you registered but did not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder. If you still cannot locate your confirmation email, please call 573-882-8189 and a staff member will be happy to help you.

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    Do I need to keep my registration confirmation?

    YES! Your confirmation email is your "Golden Ticket" to all of your classes as well as the Friday Value-added sessions. You will likely use this every week, if not daily. There is a lot of important information in your registration confirmation email. We highly recommend that you read it thoroughly and keep it easily accessible in your "mailbox" or in a folder.

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    How do I attend an online or hybrid class?

    Hybrid classes allow students to choose to attend in person or online. Zoom links are included in your confirmation email. If attending online, click the Zoom link in your confirmation email (or type in the meeting ID on your smartphone) to access your classes each week. For help with learning how to Zoom, please check out our Zoom Basics information.

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    What is your inclement weather policy?

    Osher@Mizzou’s policy is to cancel in-person classes when Columbia Public Schools cancels for reasons related to the weather.

    If your class regularly meets “online only,” your session will take place as usual, with no need to make a change based on the winter weather outside.
    If your class is “hybrid,” your class will be meeting via Zoom. All Osher learners will receive the class Zoom links in their confirmation emails, whether they register for in-person or online learning.
    If your class meets “in-person only,” we will not be able to offer your class via Zoom. In these cases, we will try to schedule a make-up session.

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    What if I have to miss a class?

    No need to notify us! Each hybrid and online class is recorded (with a few exceptions). If you’re registered for an Osher class and would like to view a recording, please refer to your registration confirmation email (your “Golden Ticket” to the semester, with Zoom links and lots of other important information.)