(For learning vacations, see: Travel & Adventure)

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE)
Dedicated to the belief that lifelong learning contributes to human fulfillment and positive social change.

Back to College

Provides links to resources for returning students, including information on online degree programs and scholarships. (Note: Includes paid ads.)

The Chautauqua National Historic Landmark

Offering lodging, cultural and education programs, dining, and more.

The Clearing

Offers courses in natural sciences, fine arts, skilled crafts and humanities. Founded in 1935 by landscape architect James Jensen.

College Savings Plans Network

Provides information on state college savings plans (529 plans).

A directory of online graduate degree programs. Includes a detailed index by subject.

A searchable directory of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including online courses. (Note: Includes paid ads.)

A directory of accredited online degree programs. Also includes degree rankings by subject and other resources to help you choose a program.

The Learning Annex

This organization offers classes in real estate, personal development, and other subjects in several major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Also offers many online courses.


This non-profit organization offers a wide range of learning opportunities and volunteer activities. Its site includes a list of centers in 26 cities as well as free online chat. (Sponsored by Federated Department Stores and The May Company.)

Online Degree Search (Peterson's/Thomson Corporation)

A directory of online educational programs, searchable by subject and degree level.

Online Degrees, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

An extensive list of all types of online degree programs and financial aid. (Note: Includes paid ads.)

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute National Resource Center: Interactive Map of Institutes

Locate educational programs throughout the U.S. affiliated with this unique institute.

Provides information on college savings plans (529 plans). (Note: Includes paid ads.)


Provides training courses and other helpful computer-learning resources. Includes chat room (free registration) and other services (for members only).

Study Abroad Links

A directory of study abroad programs located throughout the world. (Note: Includes paid ads.)

University of Phoenix

This university, a leader in educational programs for working adults, offers both degree and certificate programs.

A comprehensive guide to universities and colleges throughout the United States. (Note: Includes paid ads.)

Virtual University

Offers 2-6 week courses in computers and technology, creative writing, self-help, and on other topics.

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