Membership Information

About GVU3A

Learning for Pleasure in Retirement with no separate enrolment fees for individual classes.

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Goulburn Valley U3A began in 1988. While many activities take place at our

Centre in Esson Street Shepparton, other activities involve travelling out and

about. Courses are held each day of the week. Membership is open to anyone

over 50 years of age.


How do we Operate?

GVU3A members organise their own activities by drawing on the skills of one another.

Like minded members from all walks of life are encouraged to form groups and share

their knowledge with fellow members, all on a voluntary basis.


The Origins of U3A

The University of the Third Age is the age of active retirement following the first two ages of youth and work/home making. It was established in France in 1972 and now has members throughout Europe, Great Britain, Asia, North/South America and New Zealand. In 1984, the first U3As were formed in Melbourne on the British model. They spread throughout Victoria and by 1989, to every state and territory. Now over 60,000 people enjoy the educational , social, physical and creative activities offered.

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Courses (2022)

500 Card Game Course

Art Group,

Bird Watching,


Book Club 1,

Book Club 2,

Book Club 3,


Communicating with Technology,

Creative Craft,

Current Affairs

Dance and Learn,

Earth Science,

Enjoying Literature,


Historical Studies,

Industry Tours,

Introduction to Italian,

Intermediate Italian

Lunch Group,

Mah Jong,


Natural Resources and Regional Development,

Opera Appreciation,


Q3A (Quizzing),

Science -

  Chemistry in the Marketplace,

  Science Matters,


Socrates Café,

Stinging For Pleasure 2022,

Strength and Balance,


Thai Chi,

Uke3A (Beginners)

Uke3A (Intermediate)

Walk and Talk,




There are no separate enrolment fees for individual classes, and members, having paid their annual membership subscription, can join as many classes as they wish. A few groups charge a small fee to defray the costs of travel etc.


Application for Membership


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