Our Courses

U3A does stand for University of the Third Age but you do not need qualifications to join our classes. We don’t hold exams or issue degrees. We just provide learning for its own sake and for the enjoyment and benefit of all of our members. Our courses cover a wide range of subjects and interests including:

  • exercise, table tennis, dancing etc

  • discussion groups on current affairs

  • drawing and sketching, writing, card making, etc

  • poetry plus music, film and art appreciation

  • free computer help 

  • languages, speechcraft, family history, etc

  • wine appreciation, quilting, law, armchair travel, and much more 

Our courses:

  • Run between early  February and the first week of December although we offer short summer classes in January.

  • Run for one to two hours between 9:30AM and 4:00PM weekdays excluding school and public holidays

  • Are held in one of our three locations in Ringwood and Ringwood North

  • Are run by volunteer class leaders. This helps us to maintain our low fees. 

  • Usually have no prerequisites. The classes that do have their prerequisites detailed in their course descriptions.

  • Do not have additional class fees except for a few that involve the purchase of class materials, reference books, library fees, etc

Course descriptions and timetables are provided below. You select the courses you want to join. This can be done either:

  • online or

  • by use paper based forms

Membership Required

You must be a member of U3A Ringwood to be able to officially enrol in a course or activity (except for the free Be Connected courses).  Checkout our membership page for information on how to become a member. 

Course Descriptions

Our latest Course Description document can viewed online or you can download a printer friendly version by clicking on the following:

Note: Viewing Online.

You will be able to see details for a course if you click on its name. You can sort most columns by clicking on the column heading. If you hover your mouse over a course name you will see if there are places available in the course. The background the course’s name is used to indicate if a course is full, finished, etc

Course Time Table and Locations

We run our courses according to Victorian school terms across three locations. We do not run classes on public holidays.

This means there is usually no course running during school and public holidays except for:

  • Classes where the Course Leader has requested this option. This is an exception rather than a norm.

  • Summer classes as they are held annually in January

Online Course Selection

Online course selection is a simple three step process. You can use this process:

  • When you first enrol online as a U3A Ringwood member and when you re-enrol online for next year

  • When you want to join a course mid term

  • Enter membership number or email address and password.

If you have forgotten or do not have a password click on “ I have forgotten my password” and fill in the details required then click on “Send email Link to Reset Password”.

When the email is received complete the prompts for your new password. Note the email may be sent to your spam folder,

  • Click on View or select Courses on the left-hand side menu

  • Click on the check box, on left-hand side of course name, for each course you wish to enroll in

  • Click on Confirm Selection

IMPORTANT Remember to click on Confirm Selection to save your choices once you have selected your course/s by ticking the relevant box.

Courses with ** in their title. If you enrol in a class that has ** in their course title,  you will be waitlisted initially because Leaders of these classes have indicated that a certain skill level or class continuance is required. You will be advised by email if you have been accepted.

Using Paper Forms

Changing Courses Or Removing Yourself From a Course

To change courses you need to enrol in the new course and remove yourself from the old course. You can enrol in new courses online, at anytime, when you login to our membership system. However you cannot remove yourself from a course except via a Change Class form.

Use the  Change Class form below to:

  • To remove yourself from a course, or

  • To enrol in a new course (if you prefer not to do this online) 

The completed form can be: 

  • Posted to U3A Ringwood Inc, 35-39 Tortice Drive Ringwood North, Vic 3134, or

  • Delivered to our office during office hours.