Introducing the first virtual University of the Third Age, U3A Online. Originating in Australia, and run entirely by volunteers and not-for-profit, the aim is to encourage healthy ageing.
U3A Online Inc delivers a wide range of courses via the internet to older Australians and for their carers. Access to a computer, an internet connection and being in your “Third Age” of retirement is all you require to become a member. No educational qualifications are required.
With an emphasis on improving the quality of life to older members of the community who are isolated either geographically, or through physical or social circumstances, U3A Online provides short courses for those who enjoy learning, but prefer flexibility in their studies.
Membership costs only $25 per year and courses are free to members. You can do as much or as little as you like; there are no exams, deadlines, assignments or other impediments to enjoyable learning. From courses in World Affairs and History through to Life, Writing and Creativity members are bound to find subjects to interest them.
As well as encouraging members to keep their minds active through learning, U3A Online supports other members of U3As throughout the world to exchange ideas, resources and information through the website. The Members Lounge provides a means for online social interaction among members.
U3A Online also keeps you up-to-date with GEMs - a monthly e-newsletter containing useful free resources, interesting research snippets for health and lifestyle conscious readers, fun and interesting links and technical bits and pieces. Subscription to GEMs is free; you don’t need to join U3A Online to receive a monthly newsletter.
Interested in keeping your grey matter challenged? Visit U3A Online to choose the course that’s right for you.