Since 1909 The University of Texas at Austin has offered students of all ages and backgrounds opportunities to learn about a variety of subjects or extend their professional learning outside a regular college classroom. Many of the university’s continuing education programs are offered through Continuing and Innovative Education. Many others are supported by the univerisity's colleges, schools and divisions.
Continuing and Innovative Education Programs
University Extension offers college credit courses through regular classroom experiences in the evening or online coursework to learners in and outside the university community.
Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX) develops, produces and delivers technical and nontechnical training courses, publications and digital training materials for the oil and gas industry.
Center for Lifelong Engineering Education provides busy engineers with immediately applicable, real-world knowledge through professional courses, master’s degrees and on-site custom courses.
The UT Professional Development Center helps individuals meet professional and personal goals and helps organizations develop employees and improve performance through workshops, seminars, onsite training and certificate programs.
The Thompson Conference Center offers conference facilities and personal enrichment programs.
The K-16 Education Center provides coursework for high school students, opportunities for Spanish-speaking English language learners to transition to public school, opportunities for migrant high school students to earn credit at any time and place, and ASKME courses in science and mathematics to be used by teachers in a classroom setting or completed by independent learners.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers a variety of continuing education seminars, lectures, field trips and social activities for adult learners. OLLI members may enroll in a range of non-credit, non-graded short courses offered purely for the love of learning and the promise of connecting to a social and academic environment.
Informal Classes gives members of the greater Austin community exciting opportunities for personal enrichment in a wide range of program offerings. Students of all ages and backgrounds can take courses to have a more active life, enhance their business skills, explore their creativity, discover different cultures and get into the best physical shape of their lives.
Road Scholar is an international education and travel organization, providing adult learners with opportunities to travel while learning about history, nature, music, art and much more. For 20 years, Continuing and Innovative Education has hosted Road Scholar on our campus and in the Austin community. Participants embark on educational trips to major U.S. cities throughout the south and Midwest.
Lifelong Learning Programs
AP Summer Institutes provide Advanced Placement (AP) course training to middle and high school educators who teach or are interested in teaching Pre-AP and AP courses. Institutes are offered in subject areas including math, science, social studies, English, foreign languages and fine arts.
The Free Minds Project provides Central Texas adults living on low to moderate incomes with a chance to fulfill their intellectual potential and jumpstart their college education.
"Not Even Past" is an online learning community developed by the university's Department of History to showcase Texas, American and world history. It offers book recommendations, video clips, podcasts and virtual history courses with leading professors in the subject.
More Continuing Education Programs
- Office of Professional Development at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
- Continuing Education at the School of Law
- Texas Executive Education at the McCombs School of Business
- Continuing Education at the College of Pharmacy
- M.S. in Technology Commercialization at McCombs School of Business
- Continuing Education at the School of Social Work
- Software Quality Institute at the Cockrell School of Engineering
- College of Liberal Arts Distance Education Online Classes