Courses, Membership, Programs & Travel

BILL offers many different types of educational programming, including regular courses, special presentations, member events and occasionally planned trips.

To enroll in regular courses, you must first become a member of BILL and also pay a tuition fee for each course.

Special presentations are one-time events that are free and open to the public, no membership required.

Other BILL events and activities vary in whether they are offered exclusively to BILL members or opened to the public after priority registration has been given to our members. 

For example, BILL trips are small group tours, often offered at special rates. Regional trips may be arranged in conjunction with a current class or at the request of BILL members. Overseas and international trips are booked as a limited-number group through travel agencies providing educational travel opportunities. While BILL members get preference for registering early for these tours, most are opened to non-members after an initial signup period. Contact the BILL office to learn about current offers and to ask about upcoming trips. 

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Membership and Course Registration

BILL membership is required to participate in BILL courses. You can join BILL, renew your membership and register for classes with our secure online registration system. If you have never belonged to BILL before, you can use the "New user" link to create an account, purchase a membership and then register for courses, but you are encouraged to first contact the office to check on special offers (such as one-term trial offers). Current and returning members of BILL have online accounts set up in the system already. Contact the office if you do not remember your sign-in information, or use the "Forgot Password" feature to recover username and reset the password.

A major credit card is required to pay for your membership and/or tuition online. You may send payment by check to the office after completing the online purchase and/or registration if you prefer; make checks payable to Bucknell University.

Online registration for membership and course offerings

You may also register using the paper Membership and Registration Form in the current print catalog. Mail registrations will be processed starting on the day registration has opened for the requested course. Class space is limited, so the online registration system offers your best chance of securing a seat in your first-choice class. If your first-choice class is full, we encourage you to consider an alternate. Many wonderful classes are offered — try something new!

Mail or drop off registration forms and payment:

Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning
115 Farley Circle, Suite 111
Lewisburg, PA 17837


One-year membership: $65 

One-time, single-term membership trial: Free to those brand new to BILL

Course tuition is $60 per course. Any additional fees (materials, books, etc.) will be advertised specifically for those classes requiring such extra cost.

Special Presentations

Each term BILL will offer Special Presentations — periodic lectures by distinguished presenters on new, interesting topics. These special, free, one-time presentations on a variety of educational issues are open to the public and advertised here and in email and other announcements. Participants must, however, sign up in advance. In-person Tea & Talks and Lunch & Learns are hosted at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village; if conditions require a change of venue, ample notification will be given. You may telephone or email the office at for more information or to RSVP (please use the words "Special Presentation" in your subject line). BILL may photograph participants and/or record the program with the permission of the presenter.

As with all BILL in-person events, participants must be up to date on vaccinations and boosters against COVID-19 per the current BILL policy regarding required precautions.

Special Presentation descriptions

Tea & Talk

Tea & Talk programs are special, free, one-time presentations on a variety of educational topics held in the afternoon at The Commons at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village: 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg. Open to the public; BILL membership is not required to attend. These programs begin at 3:30 p.m.; doors open at 3 p.m. Desserts and beverages are generously provided by the Village.

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn programs are special, free, one-time presentations on a variety of educational topics held at lunchtime at The Commons at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village: 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg. Open to the public; (compliance with required COVID precautions applies); BILL membership is not required to attend. These programs begin at noon; doors open at 11:30 a.m. for preregistered guests. You may bring your own food if you would like to eat lunch with friends before the program. Additionally, the dining director at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village will prepare $10 meals for those who order when they RSVP.

Contact Details

Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning


115 Farley Circle, Suite 111