The University of the Third Age

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a non-profit organisation for ‘third agers’ i.e. retired people or senior citizens. 

The University of the Third Age

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a non-profit organisation for ‘third agers’ i.e. retired people or senior citizens.  The organisation started in France in 1968.  It now has branches in over 36 countries and there are more than 28 independent branches in South Africa including five in the Johannesburg area.

Until the start of lockdown in 2020, U3A Joburg East was meeting in the RJM Hall on Randjes Estate, 6 Randjeslaagte Road, Highlands North, Johannesburg (GPS coordinates: 26.14S 28.09E.).  Monthly meetings, addressed by experts in their fields, are now held on the second Monday of each month from 14h00 – 15h15 on Zoom. Please bring your own tea or coffee and be ready to check in by 13h45. There is no charge for the virtual lectures.

How to join

To join U3A Joburg East, complete a registration form and email us.

Small Group Courses / Interest Groups

In addition to our monthly lecture programme we have a number of small groups that cater for people with a variety of interests.  These groups meet in private homes or agreed venues under the guidance of a course leader.  Membership is open to all U3A Members.  Usually, R5 is charged to cover the cost of refreshments although some courses do request a larger fee per session in order to cover costs such as, paper, ink, food.

Most course activities are held during the day.  At U3A learning is for pleasure.  No qualifications are required for admission, and none are awarded, as fellowship and love of learning are the focus of the organisation.