What is U3A
The U3A network originated in France in the 1970s. Since then it has attracted thousands of members in many countries, including New Zealand, where it flourishes throughout the country.
The U3A provides a learning opportunity for the over 55s.
The world-wide network of U3A branches shows that retirement gives people the opportunity to follow up interests in a way that was not always possible during their working years.
U3A is a response to the idea that life consists of three main periods – childhood and learning, work and family raising, then retirement.
It recognises also that older folk benefit from sharing their experiences and learning in a non-competitive way.
Members also enjoy the companionship and intellectual stimulation these learning opportunities provide.
What is involved?
Anyone with an enquiring mind who believes it's never too late to learn may belong.
Costs are minimal and within the reach of almost everyone.
People with widely different backgrounds are members.
There are no compulsory essays to write or exams to sit.