About U3A

The University of the Third Age – Hobart Inc. (U3A- Hobart) is a wholly self-funded organisation formed in 1990 to provide daytime courses for its members. It is run by members of U3A who volunteer their time to ensure the smooth running of the organisation. New volunteers are very welcome.

Approximately 40 courses are offered each term and the topics covered include the humanities (history literature, philosophy, law etc.), social sciences, sciences, languages, art and music. Newsletters are sent to members, which contain details of the following term’s program and news items. See Programs.

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Student eligibility

Any senior person who is retired or semi-retired is eligible to join U3A Hobart. There are no exams, no entry requirements and no limit to the number of courses members may enrol to attend. Because all administrators and tutors are volunteers, costs and annual subscriptions are kept low. Apart from some small levies to cover photocopy handouts etc., there are no further charges. See Membership.

We have over 650 members, who enjoy the entertaining and enlightening lectures and classes given by our dedicated, voluntary tutors who are often retired lecturers, teachers, professional and other people who have much to share.

U3A Hobart Rules of the Association

Teaching format

There are three terms of 10 weeks each year and the program of courses varies each term, depending on the tutors available. Some courses run for the full year, others run for just one term and a few for only half of a term.

Most classes are held at the Philip Smith Centre, 2 Edward Street, Glebe. See Location. Classes are all held in the daytime on Monday to Thursday. They start at 10.00am and finish at about 3.00pm. Lectures are held downstairs in the Theatre and upstairs in the Lecture Room or the Conference Room. Morning tea and coffee is available in the Tea Room.

A social lunch function is held at the end of each year. In addition, a Summer School series of single lectures is given twice weekly during the summer vacation. These lectures are open to all.

We are self-funded

U3A-Hobart is not connected to any government or other organisations nor does it receive any outside subsidy or payments.
For more information see Contacts.


U3A is managed entirely by volunteers, and we have wonderful helpers for all tasks. However, the numbers dwindle, especially in the winter months. If you are interested in volunteering at U3A Hobart please contact the Secretary see  Contacts.

Help is needed in the following major areas:

  • Room set-up, upstairs and in the theatre (especially on Mondays) and packing away (especially on Thursdays);
  • Morning tea roster: setting up at about 9.30 am and putting away at 11.20 am;
  • IT/AV setup and support;
  • Class secretaries;
  • Packing newsletters for posting (one hour, four days a year);
  • Towards the end of Term 3 information will be available about opportunities to help with the smooth running of the Summer Program. If you are able to help with the Summer School, please contact Rose Marwick