Course Offerings & Registration

The Institute for Learning in Retirement program offers both a fall and spring semester. ILR program courses start and end at various times during each semester. Students do not have to be present for an entire semester to participate in the ILR program.


ILR Spring Semester 2024: Monday, March 4 – Thursday, June 6, 2024

Registration for the ILR Spring 2024 Semester: Open as of February 14, 2024 

HOW TO REGISTER – 3 Ways to Register!
During Registration students purchase an ILR membership for the semester, and then they are able to enroll in their classes. Students may register online, by phone, or in-person.

By Phone: Call the ILR office at (201) 447-7156 or call the ILR Program Supervisor, Mary Kate Mellow, at (201) 879-3571. You may also call Continuing Education and Workforce Development at (201) 447-7488.

Online: Visit the ILR Website Courses & Registration page

In-Person: Visit the ILR Office TEC-115 in The Technology Building, BBC Paramus Campus (400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652)

An ILR membership fee of $125.00 entitles students to choose up to 5 courses per semester, plus Bonus Courses. The ILR accepts new members at any time during the semester but does not prorate fees. ILR memberships are non-refundable.

Payment is by credit card.

**Canceling your credit card payment through your credit card company will result in a $35.00 processing fee from the ILR. Failure to pay the fee will result in delayed registration.

Spring Semester Updates:

IR-316 History of the Ukraine and Russia has been canceled. Two new bonus courses have been added since the publication of the ILR Spring 2024 Catalog. More information on these new bonus courses is available at the bottom of this page. Like other studio art courses offered by the ILR program, students taking IR-472 Basics of Watercolor Botanical Illustration will be responsible for their own supplies. View supply list here: Supply List

ILR Catalog Spring Semester 2024

ILR Spring 2024 Catalog Cover

If you are a returning ILR student, use your current username (your email) and password to log in for Registration.


For help resetting forgotten passwords contact the ILR at Returning students can also reset their ILR passwords online by clicking the prompt “I forgot sign in details” to be found just under the Sign in Details for Returning Students.


To request a change to your schedule after registering please contact the ILR program.


Main Number: (201) 447-7156

General Email:

Technology Building, TEC-115, Paramus Campus

Spring Semester Updates Continued

Please note the topics to be covered in IR-786 Selected Topics in US History are as follows: History of West Point; Harry Truman; World War I; World War II; History of Paterson, NJ

IR-630 Mah Jongg will be using the 2023 Mah Jongg Card from the National Mah Jongg League.

New Bonus Courses

IR-750 Showing of Yogi Berra Documentary It Ain’t Over” and Q&A with Lindsay Berra Tuesday, March 5; 12:45 PM to 3:15 PM. (TEC-201)  Join the Institute of Learning in Retirement for a showing of the Yogi Berra documentary “It Ain’t Over” (2022) followed by a virtual Q&A with Executive Producer Lindsay Berra, an accomplished sports journalist, and the granddaughter of Yogi Berra. BCC professors Mark Altschuler and Brian Altano will provide a brief introduction to this film as well as lead a virtual Q&A following the film with Lindsay Berra. This film runs 1 hour and 38 minutes with the Q&A starting shortly after.

IR-678 Creative Aging – Thursdays May 16 and May 23; 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. (TEC-201) We grow as we age and still have so much to offer. Discover more about yourself during this course led by Lorraine O’Brien, a certified Life Coach. There will be instruction and encouragement to help you discover more about yourself.

Previous ILR Catalogs

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

FALL 2023