Lifelong Learning Institute

The NIU Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI), established in 2000, is a member-directed group of individuals primarily age 50+ who enjoy learning in informal, flexible, non-competitive groups and like connecting with peers who share their interests. No grades, no tests – just learning for the fun of it.

Our LLI is open to everyone, whatever your level of education or background. All you need is a sense of curiosity and a love of learning. Volunteers lead classes during each term and may be members or non-members.

  • Members enjoy learning, sharing experiences and making new friends in LLI’s wide variety of study groups. Typical topic areas including history, music, science, politics, movies, travel and more.
  • Each semester fee entitles you to attend as many study groups as you wish during the term; it’s an all-you-can-learn buffet.

Fall 2022 Classes

The fall 2022 term will run from September 13 through November 3, 2022. After much discussion and an evaluation, LLI will be offered in person for the fall 2022 term. LLI will be following NIU's safety protocols and guidelines. For more information, visit the NIU Protecting the Pack web page.

Courses will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons for 8 weeks. Participants will receive email communications about courses and locations each week.

All parking passes can be purchased at Parking offers a variety of options for LLI attendees:

  • NIU retirees can purchase an annual parking pass for $10. When purchasing a parking pass online, be sure to select Retiree Permits.
  • Non-NIU retirees can purchase a 3-month pass online.
  • Alternatively, visitors may purchase a daily pass for $6.00 or $12.00 for the week.

Tuesdays, September 13 to November 1:

Wednesdays, September 14 to November 2:

Thursdays, September 15 to November 3:


Attendance at any or all LLI programs this season is $85.00 per person.



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Lifelong Learning Institute
307 Lowden Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

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