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Frequently Asked Questions

Osher Members

We hope the responses to the following frequently asked questions will help you understand the Institute more fully.

What is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State?


The Osher Institute is a non-credit, membership-based academic program offered through the Division of Extended Studies for people over 50. Short courses, lectures, and special events on a variety of subjects are offered in summer/fall and spring/winter seasons and are taught by Boise State faculty and community experts. The Institute fosters a welcoming atmosphere and sense of community where members engage with each other around a shared commitment to lifelong learning.

Who are the members?


Osher Institute members are over 50 and live in the Treasure Valley. They are enthusiastic about indulging their curiosity, learning new things, staying connected to their peers and the community, and enjoying the benefits that lifelong learning provides for the mind, body, and spirit.

How is the curriculum determined?


The curriculum is member-driven. There are four program committees, led by advisory board members and served by members, that assist the director in identifying and exploring potential subjects derived from the committee and member suggestions. Individuals who are experts in an area of interest are sought out for teaching opportunities. Potential presenters also contact the Institute directly.

Are scholarships available?


Yes. Limited scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. Scholarship support covers a waiver of membership fees for one fiscal semester; the opportunity to register for lectures on a first-come, first-served basis; and the opportunity to register for up to three (3) classes per semester at half price. Visit the Osher Financial Scholarships web page or call (208) 426-2047.

Where are classes held?


The majority of our classes and lectures are held at the Yanke Family Research Park at 220 E Parkcenter Blvd. in Boise, across from the Red Robin restaurant. The main office is in Room 205. A parking pass is included in your membership and parking is available in front of the building.

How do I enroll in classes?

All Institute offerings are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and many offerings fill quickly, so early registration is strongly encouraged.
You may join or renew your membership and register for classes in four ways:

  1. Register online at the Membership Registration web page using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Please view the Helpful Registration Tips (PDF) for additional online registration help.
  2. Mail your registration form to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Boise State University, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, ID 83706-3940. Download and complete the registration form (PDF) or use the form in the catalog. Registration must include payment.
  3. Call Customer Services at Boise State Extended Studies at (208) 426-1709. Please have your credit card ready.
  4. Register in person at Extended Studies, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise.


May I bring a guest?


We love it when members want to share Osher with their friends! Members are given one (1) guest pass at the beginning of each semester and may bring a guest to one session of an offering when space is available. Please contact the Osher office at (208) 426-6554 or osher@boisestate.edu prior to the offering to see if there is an open seat. 

Are there ADA accommodations?


Yes. The building entrances, classrooms and restrooms all meet ADA requirements. We also provide hearing assistance devices in our classrooms.

Are there opportunities for social interaction beyond the classes and lectures?


Yes! The Institute provides Special Interest Groups for those who want to pursue an interest on a less formal basis with other members of the Institute. There are also opportunities for volunteering at the Institute such as greeting members, assisting with special events, and more.

What if I must cancel my class reservation?


Cancellations made within 14 days of the start date of a fee-based offering will be assessed a $10 fee per offering, with a maximum of $20 for multiple cancellations in one transaction. Please see offering descriptions for any specific cancellation policies. Refunds are not available after an offering has already started. To cancel your enrollment in a fee-based offering, please call Customer Services at (208) 426-1709. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Do you have a weather cancellation policy?


Yes. If an offering must be cancelled due to weather, members will be emailed no later than 90 minutes before class time. If you are concerned about the weather, please check your email, visit our website, or call the Osher office at (208) 426-6554 for updates. Please note: If Boise State University closes due to weather, the Osher Institute will also close.

 


Contact Us For More Information About the Osher Institute at Boise State

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, ID 83706-3940
Phone: (208) 426-1709
E-mail: osher@boisestate.edu