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Spring 2021 Course Information

For an overview of the Encore Learning Course Registration process, you can check out our Registration Familiarization video on YouTube.

The Spring 2021 Semester at Encore Learning brought a plethora of new and returning courses that expanded our mind! Our courses offer opportunities to broaden your knowledge as well as develop a deeper connection to the D.C. region.

You must be a member to register for a course.

Not yet a member but want to learn more? Join our email list!

Course Registration
Course Materials (Class Media)
Zoom Resources

Due to the pandemic, all of our courses are delivered online via Zoom.

“Encore Learning provides classes of interest and learning that would be difficult to find otherwise. The community is vibrant and interesting as are the various programs and classes offered.” — Ninette Reis


Encore Learning offers a wide variety of academic college-level courses to members. Course subjects include Social Sciences, History, Arts and Humanities, Law, Politics and Public Affairs to Science and Engineering or Health and Wellness.  Each course costs $55. You must be a member to register for a course. The annual membership fee is $65 and is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Not yet a member but want to learn more? Join our email list!

Courses are convenient

  • All classes are held at Arlington locations or online via Zoom.
  • Weekly class sessions are generally 1½ hours between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays.
  • Courses run 4 to 10 weeks, as determined by the instructor.
  • Enrollment must meet a minimum of eight students. Maximum enrollment is determined by the instructor or the room size.
  • A typical course has 20 to 30 students. Smaller seminars and large classes are offered each semester.

Registration Policy and Procedures

Our Registration Policy and Procedures web page includes detailed information on course registration, notification of registration, refunds and transfers, plus course cancellation. You must be a member to register for a course.

Information for in-person courses only:
Inclement Weather & Other Closings
Visitor Policy
Class Aides Info
• Classroom Locations, maps, parking, public transportation


Encore Learning’s visitor policy is designed to attract new members. Anyone who meets Encore Learning’s membership requirements may be allowed to attend a single course session if he/she has never been a member of Encore Learning, and the request to attend a specific session is approved in advance by the Encore Learning Administrator ( Criteria include agreement from the instructor and space availability (i.e., no visitors are allowed in courses that have met their maximum enrollment). Note: this policy applies to in-person classes only.

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Class Aides

Do your part as a member.  Volunteer to be a Class Aide when you register for a class!

What does a Class Aide do?

  • Serves as interface between instructors, class attendees and Encore Learning staff.
  • Takes attendance and distributes/collects evaluations.
  • Sets up, with assistance if needed, any audiovisual equipment needed by instructor.

What benefits will I have?

  • Get free parking while attending the class (for in-person classes).
  • Get to know the instructor and your classmates.
  • Get to be an integral part of Encore Learning.

Questions about Class Aides?

Contact Encore Learning at or call 703-228-2144 and leave a message.

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“Classes are wonderful. Most instructors are well prepared and interesting. Fellow classmates are well traveled and intelligent — great class discussions! Enjoy the variety of classes and field trips.” — Janet Roberson


Encore Learning courses are taught by retired and/or working professionals — drawn from government, universities, think tanks, and private industry — who serve as volunteer instructors.

We welcome contact from persons interested in volunteering their services to teach a course in their area of interest and expertise.

Contact Encore Learning at or call 703-228-2144 and leave a message.

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Classroom Locations

All locations are in Arlington.  See Parking and Public Transportation for information about buses, ARTbus, Metrobus, Metrorail and Metro. Parking costs are the responsibility of the student.

All Encore Learning sites have facilities that meet ADA standards. If a member experiences disability-related difficulties in class participation or has other concerns, he or she should contact the class aide or call the Encore Learning office.

Information about free Wi-Fi access at George Mason University’s Arlington campus is available at the information desk in Van Metre Hall.

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