Continuing Education

At the University of Chicago, learning never ends.

Lifelong learning opportunities run the gamut of humanities courses for adults at or below the poverty level, lectures and events in a variety of subjects, for-credit courses offered by the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and ESL programs at International House.

Courses at the Graham School

For more than 100 years, the University’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies has offered a wide array of courses, lecture series, tours, and other programs to adults in the broader community.

Led by some of the world’s most renowned and illustrious scholars, these learning opportunities range from philosophy and literature to business and professional topics to interests such as ethnic cuisine, languages, creative writing, and wine tasting. All courses and lectures are open to the public.

A wealth of lifelong learning opportunities

Know Your Chicago

Know Your Chicago is an annual fall lecture and tour series designed to teach Chicago-area residents about their city.

The Oriental Institute

The Oriental Institute offers courses, workshops, and lectures, as well as series of tours with world-class scholars.

The Smart Museum of Art

Lifelong learning underpins the Smart Museum of Art's mission statement. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the Smart promotes understanding of the visual arts.

Ongoing Events

University-wide lectures and seminars by renowned scholars on a dazzling array of topics are free and open to the public; browse the University’s Events Calendar for details.

Out from poverty

The University’s Odyssey Project provides free yearlong courses in the humanities for adults at or below the poverty level. Founded on the premise that engagement with the humanities can offer a way out of poverty, the program leads to college credit as well as further educational opportunities. The Odyssey Project is a collaborative initiative between the Illinois Humanities Council and the University of Chicago.

The Odyssey Project is part of the larger Civic Knowledge Project, which provides educational and humanities programming and serves as a resource to the community.