What does U3A stand for?

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in France in 1972. There are about 100 centres in Victoria with more than 30,000 members. The U3A provides its members, who are retired or semi-retired, with opportunities to stay mentally active, learn new skills and form new friendships.

How many members do you have?

Our U3A Port Phillip (U3APP) has 461 full members who pay a modest membership fee to enrol in any number of courses.  We also have 46 associate, life or voluntary members.

What activities do you do?

We have more than 50 courses, seminars and excursions, including language classes (Italian, French, Spanish and Mandarin), book clubs, technology classes, exercise and fitness classes, health and science tutorials, music groups and many more. We also have regular excursions to museums, galleries and so on.

What separates U3A from other groups?

One critical thing is our breadth of courses and opportunities. I have been a member for 10 years and in that time I have tried watercolour and Chinese ink painting (no talent at all sadly) and continue to enjoy Italian language and literature classes and yoga.

(Interview with Kate Anderson, events co-ordinator U3A Port Phillip)

U3A Port Phillip are hosting an Open House as part of the 2017 Victorian Seniors Festival, which runs throughout October.