Frequently Asked Questions
BOLLI offers several membership options with varying costs. Learn more about memberships and their associated fees.
Yes, you can join BOLLI at any time of year. Contact BOLLI's program coordinator or call 781-736-2992 for more information.
Here is a helpful list describing which offerings happen at which times of the year:
Fall and Spring (September-December and March-May)
Winter and Summer (December-February and June-August)
BOLLI membership comes with many benefits. Learn more about what BOLLI has to offer.
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 BOLLI's program coordinator or call 781-736-2992 if you would like to visit.
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.
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.
For a membership beginning in the fall or spring, you may request a refund of your membership dues up until the end of the first week of courses. For a membership beginning in the summer or winter, you may request a refund of dues up until the end of the first week of the term. After that time, no refunds are available. This policy applies both to Seasonal and Annual Memberships.
In extraordinary circumstances (e.g., related to a debilitating illness) you may request a full or partial credit towards a future membership. Please note requests for refunds and credits must come during the term in question. They will not be considered once a given term has expired.
You may request a refund of your seminar fee up until the Thursday before the beginning of the seminar. After that time, no refunds will normally be available. In extraordinary circumstances (e.g., related to serious illness), please contact the BOLLI director.
No, participation in courses is determined by lottery, except in the case of BOLLI Study Group Leaders, who receive a regulated number of course exemptions in consideration of their course leadership; and in special circumstances, when a study group leader requires assistance from an individual who might otherwise not be admitted to their course.
Yes. We welcome people of all backgrounds to join BOLLI. We strive for a diverse population among our members.
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.
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.
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 special interest groups provide members with opportunities to know each other better. Examples are a poetry circle, a writers' guild, The New Yorker fiction salon and a fiction book group. Also, many members find a whole new circle of friends with whom they socialize outside of the formal BOLLI program.
Yes, financial assistance is available and awards are strictly confidential. To apply, please contact BOLLI director Avi Bernstein at 781-736-2171.
Classes are held at 60 Turner Street in Waltham and parking is available across the street.
Visit the Directions page for more information about getting to BOLLI via public transportation.
To register or if you have any questions or need assistance, please contact BOLLI's program coordinator or call 781-736-2992.