U3As for older Victorians

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What is a U3A?

U3As provides low-cost learning to older people to encourage them to stay active and engaged, Australia wide.  There are also U3As around the world.  A U3A is an incorporated non-profit voluntary community organisation.

Starting in France some 40 years ago, U3A stands for University of the Third Age.  The Third Age refers to the age of active retirement.  It follows the Second Age of employment and the First Age of parental responsibility.

What happens at U3A?

Designed for retired or semi-retired people over 50, a U3A provides an opportunity for people to try something new, meet new people and share their knowledge and skills with others. Courses range from physical fitness, to desk-based classes, language studies, art and craft classes and more.

There are more than 100 U3As in Victoria offering courses and activities to 39,000 members.  

Everyone is welcome

If you are retired or semi-retired you can join U3A.  We provide lots of different courses and activities. There are no entry requirements and no exams, just the joy of learning. Annual membership fees are kept low because U3As are run by volunteers.

Examples of activities U3As offer:

• Art
• Computers
• Crafts
• Exercise, both outdoor and indoor
• Health
• History
• Music
• Science
• Social events
• Literature
• Current Affairs
• Languages

  • Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Indonesian, Spanish
 Some U3As offer classes online by video conference.

Contact these individual U3As


U3A Frankston
is currently undertaking a sponsored project to teach unconnected members how to join the technological age. It involves the loan of a laptop with internet access and training via Dennis Mason, our former president and committee member, through the Be Connected program. For further information, email Andrea McCall.

U3A Cardinia is offering three courses online to members: 

  • Snap Happy Camera Club (currently running)
  • Book Club (starting first week in July 2020)
  • Computers for Beginners (starting first week of July 2020). 

For further information, email U3A Cardinia or call 5941 4164.

U3A Melbourne City is offering members 53 courses online and a series of webinars on contemporary issues (e.g. Societal Change in the Wake of COVID19) and specialist areas (e.g James Joyce and Ancient Egypt).  For further information visit the U3A Melbourne City website or call 9639 5209 .

Contact U3A Network Victoria, the peak body for the 109 Member U3As representing 39,000 members statewide.

Email the U3A Network Victoria

Call (03) 9670 3659