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U3A - the University of the Third Age - is an international movement that encourages people to take part in lifelong learning for pleasure. U3A allows people to enjoy educational, creative, social and leisure activities in a relaxed environment at low cost. There are no prior qualifications, no exams and no degrees awarded.

U3A Yarra City aims to

  • Provide opportunities for seniors for lifelong learning and social activity
  • Harness the cultural diversity, life experience and knowledge of older people
  • Provide affordable self-help educational and recreational programs for mature adults
  • Foster relationships with other community organisations which have complementary or compatible aims

To peruse 2017 Courses, click on ‘Courses’ in the Menu under the photo at the top of the page.

To enrol in Courses, log in by clicking ‘Membership’ in the Menu. You must be a financial member.

Courses for Semester 2, 2017 will be online for members to explore on Friday, June 16th

Members will be able to enrol in these courses either online or at the U3A Office from Monday, June 26th, 2017

Tuesday Forums.
Venue – Meeting Room, Collingwood Library, Abbotsford. 10.30 a.m.

10/10 Latrobe’s Jolimont: life at his Melbourne estate. Speaker: Helen Botham
Most Victorians are not aware that our first Lieutenant Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe, developed a beautiful garden around his 12½ acre Jolimont estate during the nearly 15 years he spent in Victoria. The presentation will use the illustrations of Edward La Trobe Bateman to give an insight into life behind the scenes at La Trobe’s Jolimont estate. After La Trobe returned to Europe in 1854, his estate was subdivided. The cottage remained there until the early1960s – its story, until the present, will be revealed.

17/10 Travels in France. Kim Harley invites us to pop over to France for a quick visit – our tour stops will include Toulouse, Bordeaux, Tours (Loire Valley) and Paris. We’ll be focusing on fine buildings, gardens, markets and food.

24/10 Australian States: How their borders were set John Green discusses why the Australian state borders are where they are and asks if they are where they were intended to be?”

31/10 Film “Cloudburst”, celebrating Seniors Teresa Pitt invites us to come and see the film 'Cloudburst', as a fitting finale for Seniors' month. Celebrate U3A.
Light refreshments to follow.

New Semester. 2 Courses

18/7 Aboriginals: Local History and First Contact – Jim Poulter
Members will examine Aboriginal thought systems which guided their religious beliefs, social structure and land management practices. This understanding of the Aboriginal mindset will then enable local Aboriginal history and the events and personalities of the Colonial period, to be examined from a fresh perspective.
Jim's family first settled on the Yarra River at Templestowe in 1840. Close and continuing relationships were established with the Wurundjeri people, thus giving Jim a unique level of insight into our Aboriginal history and heritage. Beginning 18/7/17

20/7 Water Colour Painting
The tutor will be sharing water-colour painting techniques with students. The class will be held fortnightly or as otherwise decided by the class members. A list of materials required will be sent when numbers are finalised. Beginning 20/7/17

Note: U3A Yarra City members can enrol in ongoing courses through the login Attendance at our talks is open to the public.
Members can bring friends to courses and events.

‘Joining and membership renewals for 2017 have ceased.

From November 1st., memberships for 2018 accepted with $40 subscription fee.

From December 1st., enrolment in courses and classes for 2018 begins.

Watch this space for more details.”

Term dates

Semester 1: 30 Jan to 30 June
Semester 2: 17 July to Dec 15


Semester 1: Monday, January 30th to Friday June 30th. School holidays, including Easter: Saturday, April 1st to Sunday April 17th. Midyear break: Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 16th.

Semester 2: Monday July 17th to Friday, December 15th. School holidays: Saturday, September 23rd to Sunday October 8th.

17 Stanton Street
Abbotsford, Victoria
Australia 3067
Phone (03) 9416 3443
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Office hours:
Monday 1 - 3 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 noon
Closed public holidays and school holidays except during enrolment times.