Winter 2022 Semester

Virtual or In-person Learning — Osher Has It ALL This Winter

Whether you'd like to convene in person with your Osher classmates — or stay cozy in your jammies at home — Osher's Winter 2022 Semester can help you chase away the winter blahs with scintillating topics and fascinating instructors.

Haven't tried virtual learning yet? Osher does it right, ensuring that adults age 50-plus can interact with their instructors and classmates as they learn about a myriad of topics. Invite your friends and family to register, and you can work to keep your brains active together, no matter where you live.

Visit the Winter 2022 Semester event site

  • Classes start on Monday, January 10, 2022, in this four-week semester. (Classes will not meet on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.)
  • Registration opens on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.
  • To read full descriptions and instructor bios, visit the Winter 2022 Semester event site.
  • In-person classes take place in Columbia, Mo., at the Moss Building, 1905 Hillcrest Drive. Online and hybrid classes may be accessed via the Zoom app.
  • You may choose to register as a Premium member, with unlimited classes for Winter, Spring and Summer semesters ($200 fee) or pay by the course as a Semester member ($20 member fee, plus individual course fees).
  • Scholarships are available! For more information, see our scholarship information on the About Osher page

Questions? Email [email protected] or call 573-882-8189 and leave a message. An Osher staff person will call you back.

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Dates for Osher's 2021–2022 Academic Year are the following:

  • Fall 2021 Semester (8 weeks): Sept. 13–Nov. 5, 2021 Complete
  • Winter 2022 Semester (4 weeks): Jan. 10–Feb. 7, 2022
  • Spring 2022 Semester (8 weeks): March 7–May 6, 2022
  • Summer 2022 Semester (4 weeks): June 6–July 1, 2022

Membership benefits

All three membership types include the following benefits:

  • Access to Friday "value-added" programming
  • Take part in any of the Osher Clubs
  • Joint membership in the Columbia Parks and Rec 50+ program

Which membership is right for me? Pick from the following three options:

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    Premium Membership

    Your best value – less expensive than paying a la carte for one class per semester!

    • Enroll in unlimited Osher classes, as space allows
    • Membership lasts the entire academic year (August 2021 to July 2022)
    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the entire academic year
    • Gain Premium-only perks!
      • Bring a guest along to the Brown Bag sessions and Friday films
      • Request an MU Libraries card for the entire academic year
      • Become eligible to serve on the Osher Advisory Council
      • Receive a printed invitation to the Robert G. Silvers Seminar and other events

    Cost: The fees depend on which semester you join as a Premium member, as follows:

    • In fall, you gain access to unlimited classes for four full semesters. Fee: $240*
    • In winter, you'll have unlimited classes for three full semesters. Fee: $200*
    • In spring, the membership lasts for two full semesters. Fee: $140*
    • In summer, take unlimited classes for summer semester only. Fee: $100

    *Premium members are required to pay a $10 reenrollment fee to return each subsequent semester during the current academic year.

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    Semester Membership

    Pay "by-the-course"

    • Enroll in classes in an a la carte fashion
    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the current semester only

    Cost: $20 semester fee, plus individual course fees (from $20-$60)

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    Basic Membership

    The best option for those who intend to enroll ONLY in Osher clubs (no classes)

    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the entire academic year
    • Contact the Osher staff if you'd like to register as a Basic Member

    Cost: $40 per year