Lifelong Learning at SPCS

Lifelong Learning at SPCS

Lifelong learning at SPCS seeks to provide what’s known in higher education as a “60 year curriculum” —coursework and programs that meet the needs of high school age students through retired adults. We offer programs in college and career preparation, for international au pairs and English language learners and, through the Osher Institute, for learners ages 50 and better. Osher Institute College & Career PreparationLanguages & Cultural StudiesSummer Reading Skills Program

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Richmond combines intellectual stimulation and civic engagement with a vibrant community of like-minded students age 50 and better on the campus of the University of Richmond.

Established in 2004 with an endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation, our membership organization offers an extensive array of courses, workshops, activities and events in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Current Osher Institute classes

Programs for Youth

SPCS specializes college and career preparation for high school students. This includes our popular STEPS to Success program, which offers SAT and college life preparation courses along with college and career selection advice and workshops. And we can develop custom solutions for local schools to provide STEPS to Success coursework in schools and remotely.

My son’s SAT score went from a 1380 to 1510 with your SAT Weekend Workshop. He is at Virginia Tech and plans to obtain a master’s degree in math in four years as he had amassed so many credits that he entered as a junior.
Son enrolled in an SAT Prep Weekend Workshop

Languages & Cultural Enrichment

We offer courses and custom instructional modules in languages and cultural enrichment. Our language classes are fun, interactive introductions to Spanish, French, Italian and ASL, while our cultural enrichment programs are designed especially for international students, English language learners and international au pairs.

The 60-year Curriculum

Motivated learners, regardless of age, deserve access to affordable learning opportunities. That promise animates multi-generational program development, offering accessible learning opportunities for the sake of learning.

Age of our youngest learners


Ages of our oldest learners


Number of Osher members