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 2021 Classes

The fall 2021 term will run from September 14 through November 4, 2021. After much discussion and an evaluation, LLI will again be offered via Zoom for the Fall 2021 term. Learn about how we're using Zoom for the Lifelong Learning Institute.

Courses will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons for 8 weeks. Participants will receive the links for the Zoom classes on Monday, September 13, 2021.

Tuesdays, September 14 to November 2:

Wednesdays, September 15 to November 3:

Thursdays, September 16 to November 4:


Attendance at any or all LLI programs this season is $47.50 per person.


If you are interested in attending Fall 2021 classes, please contact Outreach Registration at

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Lifelong Learning Institute
307 Lowden Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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