The Lifelong Learning Program (LLeaP) at Carleton University is open to adults of all ages who enjoy learning about new topics or keeping up with familiar ones. Regardless of your educational background or interests, our program offers affordable and intellectually stimulating non-credit classes on a wide variety of subjects. (Note: This program was formerly known as the Learning in Retirement Program.)

  • Since Fall 2020, the program offers engaging and interactive lecture series and workshops in a new online format, which has received much positive feedback. (This format will remain part of LLeaP programming even after returning to in-person events).
  • Participants can explore thought-provoking subjects through lectures and discussions in an inviting and collaborative environment.
  • The program’s single lectures, lecture series, and workshops are taught by experienced and dynamic specialists (from Carleton University and beyond) who enjoy sharing their knowledge with others.
  • Topics include art history, music, science, politics, history, religion, social studies, philosophy, memoir writing, and more. Language and writing workshops are offered regularly, in small class settings.
  • There are no prerequisites, required readings, or exams. Anyone interested can participate, regardless of previous knowledge.
  • Lecture series are typically two hours each held once a week for six consecutive weeks. Single lectures are two hours long. Five sessions take place per year, over the spring, fall, and winter seasons.
  • Program offerings are mainly held in two locations: Carleton’s main campus, and the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (downtown at Cooper and O’Connor streets). Some offerings take place in locations such as the National Gallery of Canada. The program also offers online learning opportunities.
  • The program celebrated its 20th anniversary in Fall 2020.

Read what participants have said about the program, the offerings and the lecturers:

  • I think you have all done an incredible job of continuing to offer outstanding lectures and instructors during unprecedented times. Congratulations to you all!
  • I am so glad this program exists and was made more available and easier to reach through Zoom. The tech support made for a smooth delivery of the lectures and material.
  • The program offers a variety of well researched and extremely interesting lecture series. It has been such a pleasure to attend the classes, mingle with the other participants, and to have the opportunity to meet and learn from these wonderful lecturers.
  • Your program has added a lot to my life over the last years and I thank you all for the wonderful experiences I’ve had; looking forward to my next classes!
  • I love the opportunity to attend such classes. Since there are no exams, no assignments, I can spend as much effort as I want, dive deeper, or skip areas that interest me less. I get what I put into it.
  • You do a great job. Content, organization, and support all get high marks from me. I’ve shared the program link with friends who also find classes they enjoy too. Well done!
  • I love the selection. Sometimes I can’t commit to a series, but I can fit in single lectures – it is great to have options!
  • The lecturers know their subject matter, are friendly and approachable, willing to answer questions, and organized. I’m really happy I found the program.
  • The program and offerings are marvelous and cover a wide array of topics. The staff are terrific and very responsive to questions etc. Altogether, the entire program is an Ottawa gem!

Explore the LLeaP site for current and upcoming lectures and workshops, and be sure to sign up for email notifications of our latest offerings and registration details.

Lifelong Learning Program Website