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Becoming a BOLLI Member: Frequently Asked Questions



How do I join BOLLI?

You become a BOLLI member of by selecting a membership type and registering.  At certain times during the year, you may do this on-line by clicking on the registration link on our home page. At other times during the year, you may register by contacting Ilana Levine at ilevine@brandeis.edu.

Read the choices carefully and select the type of membership that is right for you.

  • Annual Membership - The Annual Membership entitles you to up to three study groups and sixty Lunch & Learn programs (Fall and Spring), two Brandeis faculty-led lecture courses (Winter and Summer), a 50% discount on Brandeis Faculty Seminars throughout the year, and parking at the Charles River Parking Lot.  A shuttle service from the parking lot to our campus space is also included.   This membership includes frequent member-run discussion groups, film screenings, language conversation groups, and group outings to exciting educational, entertainment and dining destinations in Greater Boston.  A subscription to BOLLI media, including an events calendar identifying campus happenings of special interest to BOLLI members, is also included.  Members attend campus events together throughout the year.
  • Seasonal Membership- In either the Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer, this membership entitles you to up to three study groups and thirty Lunch & Learn programs, a Brandeis faculty-led lecture course, a 25% discount on Brandeis Faculty Seminars and parking at the Charles River Parking Lot.  A shuttle service from the parking lot to our campus space is also included.  This membership includes frequent member-run discussion groups, film screenings, language conversation groups, and group outings to exciting educational, entertainment and dining destinations in Greater Boston.  A subscription to BOLLI media, including an events calendar identifying campus happenings of special interest to BOLLI members, is also included.  Members attend campus events together throughout the year.
  • Seasonal Activities Membership – In either the Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer, this membership entitles you to thirty Lunch & Learn programs, a Brandeis faculty-led lecture course, a 25% discount on Brandeis Faculty Seminars and parking at the Charles River Parking Lot.  A shuttle service from the parking lot to our campus space is also included. This membership includes frequent member-run discussion groups, film screenings, language conversation groups, and group outings to exciting educational, entertainment and dining destinations in Greater Boston.  A subscription to BOLLI media, including an events calendar identifying campus happenings of special interest to BOLLI members, is also included.  Members attend campus events together throughout the year.
  • Snowbird Membership – The Snowbird Membership entitles you to full Spring/Summer benefits after the fifth week of the Spring term.  Five-week courses are available beginning the sixth week of spring term for the enjoyment of our Snowbird members.

How much does it cost to join BOLLI?

 Membership Type Cost
Annual Membership $675*
Seasonal Membership $355
Seasonal Activities Membership $230**
Snowbird Membership (Spring Only) $265

*For Spring Snowbirds who would like to register for an Annual Membership, the discounted fee is $590.

**If registering for an Annual Activities Membership, the fee is $435. If registering for a Seasonal Activities Membership after the beginning of a term, your membership will be prorated:  after the 5thweek of fall or spring term, the cost is $155; after the end of fall or spring term, the cost is $75.

May I join BOLLI at any time of the year, or only at the start of the Fall or Spring semester?

The standard membership fees apply to registration before the start of the Fall and Spring semesters, in September and March. However, you can join BOLLI at any time of year. A winter or summer activities membership is just $75. Contact Ilana Levine (ilevene@brandeis.edu) for pro-rated fees that apply.

Can members change their membership category from one term to the next?

Yes.

May I visit BOLLI to see what it is like?

Yes. Prospective members are welcome to attend one lecture or event to get a taste for what it's like to be at BOLLI. Contact the BOLLI Office if you would like to visit. 

Whom can I speak to if I am interested in teaching a course? (leading a study group)

To learn more about becoming a Study Group Leader, contact the BOLLI Office.

Does BOLLI have a waiting list or a special selection process such as an interview for those wanting to join?

 At the moment there is no waiting list. BOLLI does not have any special requirements for becoming a member other than filling out a registration form and submitting the membership fee.

Do all members have to teach a course? (lead a Study Group)

No. Although we encourage those members who would like to share with others their passion for a subject and who enjoy teaching, there is no requirement to lead a Study Group.

Is this program non-sectarian?

Yes. We welcome people of all backgrounds to join BOLLI. We strive for a diverse population among our members.

Do members attend classes with Brandeis students?

No. BOLLI classes are just for BOLLI members. However, there are opportunities to interact with Brandeis students in activities such as the partnership with international students at the Heller School and at the International Business School.

Are any courses led by Brandeis professors?

Yes.  Brandeis faculty members lead lecture courses and intensive seminars in the summer and winter terms. Lecture courses are complimentary for all BOLLI members.  Seminars are open to the general public on a tuition basis, and discounted for BOLLI members.

Do members participate in social activities as well as classes?

 There are many activities in addition to classes that provide opportunities to socialize with other BOLLI members – the annual welcome back brunch in September, new member “mingles”, lunchtime in the Gathering Place. In addition, a number of affinity group activities provide members with opportunities to know each other better. Examples are the theater group, language conversation groups, New Yorker Fiction Salon, and Adventures group that plans trips to local places of interest. Also, many members find a whole new circle of friends with whom they socialize outside of the formal BOLLI program.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial assistance is available and awards are strictly confidential. To apply please contact BOLLI Director Avi Bernstein at 781-736-2171.

Where is your program held and where do I park?

Classes are held at 60 Turner Street in Waltham and parking is available at the Charles River Parking Lot on Angleside Road, which is a 5 minute walk away. There is a continuous shuttle bus running between the parking lot and our building. Individuals with a handicapped placard may park in the lot across the street from the Turner Street building. BOLLI also has an administrative office, which is located on Old South Street.  Click here for a directions and a map.

I don’t drive. Is BOLLI accessible by public transportation?

There are two ways to get to within one block of BOLLI via public transportation: Take the Fitchburg Commuter Rail line that runs from North Station and Porter Square (or from Lincoln, Concord and points west) to the Brandeis/Roberts stop, or take the 553 bus that runs between Newton Corner and Roberts/Angleside.

Whom do I contact?

To register, or if you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Program Administrator Ilana Levine at 781-736-2992 or at ilevine@brandeis.edu.