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About us

U3A CANBERRA is part of a worldwide movement

There are about 300 U3As in Australia, 69 across New South Wales (NSW) and one in the ACT. Nationally there are over 100,000 members.

Principles of U3A

Our members

U3A Canberra (formally U3A-ACT) was established in 1986 from an initial public meeting of 100 people, and we now have over 4000 members and we continue to grow. The ACT has a single U3A. It includes members living in Queanbeyan, Yass and surrounds.

Our members are all volunteers, and our courses are developed and delivered using the skills and abilities of the members themselves. We are an organisation of volunteers, run by volunteers and we welcome your interest in any of our activities.

More than 200 courses available

We run more than 200 courses across many different disciplines and topics from hands-on courses such as photography, learning to play a musical instrument, social outings, activity courses including travel, dance, yoga, or learning lawn bowls, through to more formal courses and discussion groups. No prior educational qualifications are required and no degrees are awarded.

The range and number of our courses are entirely dependent on the availability of volunteer course leaders. We encourage members to give courses on subjects which they feel competent to lead.

While most of our courses follow the dates of the four ACT public school terms, it is up to individual course presenters to decide if their courses have a break over the school holidays, and many of our courses run for periods of as little as one to two months. Our scheduled program of activities takes place mostly on week days, and at a range of venues around the ACT.

Enrolling in our courses

To enrol in any of our courses, you need to become a member. By joining U3A Canberra, you will stimulate your mind, meet other people who have similar interests and make new friends.

Go to Membership page for information on how to join.

Partnership with University of Canberra

U3A Canberra has a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Canberra (UC). This allows financial members of U3A Canberra to audit units at the University of Canberra's Bruce campus.

Auditing is defined as listening. U3A Canberra members have audited a variety of units and have found the experience rewarding, reporting the units to have been of high quality and great interest.

More information

For more information about where we meet, the key dates and our history; click on the About Us IN THIS SECTION links.

You can also use the headings at the top of the page to take you to information about our courses, and the Contacts page.

Alternatively, you can email or call U3A Canberra using the general enquiries information on the Contacts page.

We welcome new members and look forward to meeting you at one of our events.

We welcome your comments and feedback via the U3A ACT Facebook site.