Non-credit Programs

Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs promotes lifelong learning through a wide selection of courses, workshops, and lectures and the support of two non-credit programs.


For more than 20 years, the Odyssey program has been the region’s lifelong learning partner. Whether it is a passion you want to pursue, a hobby you wish to cultivate or a job skill you would like to master, Odyssey has a wide selection of non-credit courses, workshops and lecture series delivered by Johns Hopkins faculty and community experts. There are no grades or exams—just learning for the sake of learning. These personal enrichment programs are open to anyone with an interest to learn.

Our course subjects are broken into these departments: Odyssey on the Go (single session programs); Perspectives (multi-speaker lecture series); Arts and Humanities; Music, Cinema, and the Performing Arts; Science and Nature; Medicine, Health, and Humanities; Certificate on Aging; Writing and Communications; Photography, Film, and Digital Arts.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University (Osher at JHU) was founded in 1986 as the Evergreen Society to fill a need within the community for lifelong learning opportunities for semiretired and retired individuals. Today, it continues to thrive and to serve a population that is eager to stay engaged in the pursuit for knowledge. Osher at JHU is a membership community providing a vibrant educational and social environment while offering a rich array of stimulating courses, lectures, and activities during the day.

Members have the option to join the Baltimore/Columbia community or the Montgomery County community and take classes in the fall and spring in twelve-week semesters.