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About U3A Perth

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a worldwide movement, the aim of which is to encourage older people to remain physically, mentally and socially active.

Third Age means the period of active retirement following the First Age of childhood and the Second Age of working and child raising. For many it’s the time of achieving one’s maximum potential after the stresses of the Second Age are past. The benefits of U3A Perth membership are summed up by our motto:  “LEARN LAUGH LIVE”.

The term University is used in its original sense as ‘a community of people who come together to learn from each other’.  Although some U3A activities are called courses there are no exams or assessments and no qualifications at the end. People join U3A because they share a love of learning with others in a friendly and social environment.

U3A began in Toulouse, France in 1972. Since then it spread worldwide, coming to Australia in 1984 and to Perth in 1986, when it was started by a group of retired University of WA staff. UWA continues to support U3A Perth by providing an office at the UWA Claremont campus.

Membership of U3A Perth is open to people aged over 50 years who reside in the Perth Metropolitan area and are usually retired from the workforce. U3A Perth has over 1,000 members who are members of 10 regional groups in the Perth metropolitan area.

U3A Perth provides courses, seminars, lectures and social activities at venues close to the Perth CBD and each region chooses its own program of courses, lectures, games and social activities conducted at regional venues.  Members are encouraged to participate in the activities offered by other regions, subject to availability.

U3A Perth members from any region may also participate in the U3A Perth Choir and a U3A Film group. Details of each region, the choir and the film group may be found on this web site.

U3A Perth is linked to other U3As in WA through U3A Network WA and to other U3As in Australia and the world through U3A Alliance Australia. U3A members who travel in WA, Australia and internationally can find U3A friends wherever they go.

Please explore the web site to find out more about U3A Perth and how you can benefit by joining the U3A Perth community of lifelong learners.

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