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U3A Hawthorn

The University of the Third Age, Hawthorn, established in 1984, is a community self-help organization, which provides a range of adult education courses, recreational activities and excursions for retired and semi-retired people.

Entrance Requirements

No entry qualifications are required. There are no examinations and no certificates or diplomas are awarded.


Around 100 courses are offered at any one time and a Summer School operates in January. The syllabus is very broad - you can learn a new language, explore the history of other countries or civilizations, participate in a book reading group, or undertake some gentle exercise through Tai Chi or joining a walking group; use the link Courses above for full details.


An elected committee of members is responsible for managing the daily operations and the future planning of the organization. There is also a Program Planning Committee responsible for sourcing tutors and convenors.


The annual subscription cost is very low as all teaching and administration is provided by members on a voluntary basis. U3A Hawthorn supports itself financially through membership subscriptions, and is very grateful for the receipt of support from the State Government of Victoria, the City of Boroondara and from Swinburne University of Technology.

There are no subject fees. Class members usually cover the cost of photocopying and other class materials.