University Of The Third Age 

The University of the Third Age (usually abbreviated to U3A) is an international organization, embodying the principles of life-long education and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, in an atmosphere of mutual learning and teaching. Its aims are to provide educational and social opportunities in a friendly atmosphere for people over 50 who are retired or semi retired.  Each local U3A is a learning community, organized by and for people who can best be described as being active in retirement - the so-called Third Age of their lives.

The term University is used in the original and medieval sense of an association or community of teachers and scholars, united in the pursuit of knowledge. Third Age refers to the life period of active retirement, which follows the first age of childhood and formal education and the second age of working life, and which precedes the fourth age of dependence. 

The first U3A was formed in France in 1972. U3A came to Australia in 1982 and U3A Southern Peninsula was established in 1989. It is one of the largest in Australia. 

Welcome to U3A Southern Peninsula 

U3A Southern Peninsula is now online. Sign up to receive the latest information on courses and public events of special interest to semi-retired and retired people. Utilising the resources of the U3A network you will discover learning with pleasure. With a large number of members already registered throughout the Southern Peninsula you are bound to make new friends as you grow your own knowledge and skills. Visit the office or follow the Contact U3A SP link on the left to start your journey today.

U3A SP provides courses and activities to stimulate the mind (head), develop skills (hand) and exercise the body (heart).


Click on a link in the sidebar to view other pages. The Courses page provides links to still more pages where details of the courses we offer may be viewed. Where pages contain a very large amount of information, they have been subdivided into smaller pages which can be accessed using Next and Previous buttons.

Alerts and Bulletins

The U3A assists government departments and community organisations who need to distribute urgent information to the public by publishing alerts. In addition, the U3A may need to to distribute urgent information which cannot await the next newsletter, and does so by issuing bulletins. Members are requested to check the date of the latest alert or bulletin and, if they have not already read them, proceed to the Alerts or Bulletins page and do so.

The latest alert was published on 25 July 2012.

The latest bulletin was published on 14 February 2012 and dealt with rules relating to the Annual General Meeting which was held on 25 March 2014.

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