Community Opportunities for Learning

College for Kids (K5-8);

over 2,000 children participate in this program annually and they can choose from over 125 different one to two week classes in areas of language and culture, science, math and computer applications, creative arts, humanities and social sciences and special programs Check out the following web site for information on the classes and program. Registration for summer begins in early January.


College for Teens (9-12)

College for Teens offers classes for high school students in Architecture, Art, Foreign Languages, Theatre and much more. Registration for summer begins in early January,


Institute of World Affairs:

The Institute of World Affairs has a series of events and programs dedicated to keeping the people of Wisconsin informed about and engaged with the critical global issues of our time. Their programs such as their Great Decisions, Global issues and the Kennan Forum are open to the public.  A fee is required for   lectures or membership in the Institute for World Affairs  covers all major programs.


Over 60 Audit Courses at UWM

If you are 60 years of age or older and a resident of Wisconsin, you may audit classes for free, on a space-available basis. New or reentering auditors need to file a University Special student application; provide proof of date of birth (driver’s license or birth certificate) and meet the state residency requirements. After applying, to audit a course, it is recommended that over-60 auditors bring an add-drop form to class on the first day of classes and obtain the instructor’s permission and signature. Tuition is waived for auditors, provided they register only for courses on an audit basis. Audit-only students may use the Golda Meier Library, as well as the campus computer labs and language labs. They are responsible for paying any “special course fees” assessed for a particular course. Since 60-and-over auditors do not pay segregated fees, they are NOT eligible to use services subsidized by these fees, including the Klotsche Center, Norris Health Center, Children’s Center, UPASS bus pass and the Women’s Center. For more information, please contact the Office of

Adult and Returning Student Services, 2442 E. Kenwood Blvd., Mellencamp Hall 212 E-mail: ( at (414) 229-6732.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

(414) 227-3321. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM’s School of Continuing Education is designed for older adults who share a love of learning throughout their lifetimes. Members enjoy innovative and enriching programs in a congenial setting with others who share their interests. Although most members are retired, you do not have to be a retiree to join. Nor do you need to be a UWM graduate or otherwise associated with the University. People of all educational backgrounds are welcome. Check their web site for the current catalog and information about membership.


Planetarium Programs:

The UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium offers many ongoing programs and special events for the public. The planetarium is wheelchair accessible in addition to being climate-controlled with comfortable seats. All of our programs are inexpensive or free, although donations are greatly appreciated.  All public shows are intended for a general audience with the exception of children under age five. Their programs include:     Friday Viewing of the Night Sky ($2) – Planetarium show on Friday nights are from 7-7:55 p.m. Each show features a discussionof a different astronomical topic that changes every 4-6 weeks; AstroBreak (Free) — Planetarium show on select Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45 p.m. that features discussion of a different astronomical topic.   Stargazing (Free) – Participants peer through telescopes at stars, the Moon, planets, and other astronomical objects on select weeknights throughout the year.  Check their web site for current program information.


Science Bag

A program to learn about science for the general public that has been presented at UWM for 40 years.  These Friday night (8 pm) interactive performances connect science with your everyday life. The UWM Science Bag educates as it entertains. Each one-hour show is free and designed for the curious, ages 8 to 108. Topics change monthly and run from November through April (except in December). Check their web site for current program information.


UWM Peck School of the Arts

Various art, dance, music, theater offerings are presented throughout the year

Many addition events, lectures, movies are open to the public – For movies at the Union cinema see

For events at the university go to:


UWM Studio Arts & Craft Center –

UWM Student Union, Room EG30; (414) 229-5535;

The Studio Arts and Craft Centre offers engaging classes, workshops, and events within a positive studio atmosphere and is dedicated to the education, enrichment, and creative fulfillment of all members of the UWM community, including students, faculty, alumni, staff and community members. The SACC also provides open studio space, as well as specialized studio equipment for ceramics, traditional black and white photography, sewing, metalsmithing, and screen printing. They also offer a variety of supplies for purchase including clay, photo paper, film and screenprinting inks and screens. Memberships entitle you to use the Studio Arts and Craft Centre and available equipment during open hours. Class fees include studio membership.