What is U3A?
U3A or University of the Third Age is a concept which developed in Europe and has rapidly spread to other countries, reaching Australia in 1984.
Its purpose is to offer older people an opportunity to use their leisure time to learn and teach together, thus keeping their brains active. Today there are U3A groups in most cities and towns in Australia.
Why is it called U3A?
The use of the word University in the title comes from the medieval concept of a “community of scholars” who come together to learn from one another.
3A or Third Age is the age of retirement, following the Second Age of working, supporting families etc. and the First Age which was childhood and adolescence when we were dependant upon parents for support.
What qualifications do I need?
There are no formal requirements, just the desire to learn something new. Membership is open to all people of mature age. There are no exams or awards.
What courses are offered?
The range of courses in U3A has no limits. For more information about courses click on the Newsletter Page and download the current newsletter. By clicking on the About Page you can see the range of Multi – session topics.
How long are terms and courses?
There are 4 terms per year, each from 6 to 8 weeks in length, Most courses are conducted in two hour daily sessions, held weekly. Some are multi-session courses, and others are one day only.
Where are the courses held?
Cape Hawke Surf Life Saving Club, Cliff Rd, Forster usually, but at other venues by prior arrangement .
How do I enrol?
Please go to our Membership page for information about joining us via our MyU3A online site. Or click on the Newsletter for the current term which can be downloaded and printed. The enrolment form may also be found in the drop down menu under Newsletter. It can be printed and sent to PO Box 4153, Forster, NSW 2428.
What is the cost?
As all teaching and administration is done voluntarily U3A costs very little. The annual fee (covering all four terms) of $45 per year ($75 for couples) entitles members to enjoy as many courses per year as they wish.
For more information about Forster/Tuncurry U3A contact the Secretary