FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

▶ What are the aims of the U3A?

  • To be a fully autonomous, self-supporting and voluntary organisation
  • To provide a creative use of leisure time
  • To establish and maintain educational, cultural and physical programmes
  • To broaden intellectual horizons irrespective of background
  • To promote and further the concept and adoption of U3A in the general community
  • To seek and maintain contact with organisations and individuals involved with the U3A

▶ Why should I join a U3A?

Learning should not stop as we get older. The U3A provides social and intellectual stimulation for retired people aged 50 years and over. Classes are designed to be enjoyable as well as educational. The U3A gives you the opportunity to learn something that you have always intended to learn but have not had the time to pursue.

▶ What does “University of the Third Age” mean?

The term “University” is used in the original sense of an association or community of teachers and scholars united in the pursuit of knowledge. The “Third Age”, which follows the “First Age” of childhood and formal education and the “Second Age” of working life, is one of active retirement where a wide range of interests are pursued to enhance the self image and well being of older persons

▶ How do I qualify to join the U3A?

No qualifications are required to join and enroll in classes other than to be retired or semi-retired. There are no examinations.

▶ Will I get Any Certificate/Diploma from U3A?

Academic Certificate are not awarded but a Statement of Attendance is given Instead.

▶ What is the U3A?

The U3A (University of the Third Age) is a voluntary community organisation. It provides opportunities for learning for older people enabling them to keep mentally and physically active and alert.