About U3A


The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a learning co-operative for retired people that was founded in France and has now grown and developed so that is has a  huge membership world-wide. U3A is derived from the idea that life has three main stages:

  1. Childhood and school
  2. Family creation and work, and then
  3. Retirement.

It is in retirement, the Third Age, that we can explore the concept of a university being a community of lively minds with limitless boundaries.

You can view more background detail by going to the following site:


About Kapiti Coast U3A 

The Kapiti Coast branch has about 550 members and runs approximately 40 courses per semester each year. Courses may be either weekly, fortnightly, or monthly depending requirements of the members.

  • Topics are decided by members and study groups (courses) are formed. The courses are usually led by members with a knowledge of the topic, however, where necessary they may be led by outside experts.  Each course has a leader and optionally a convenor.
  • Meetings are informal and often held in members’ homes.  You do not need to have a degree and there are no exams.
  • Not all courses have a cost, but when they do, the costs are kept to a minimum and members are notified in advance.
  • Courses are usually run during the day.

You do not have to be an expert to lead a course; just have an interest, or perhaps a passion for a particular topic… or may be you could lead a discussion group and gain input from all of the participants.

Please note that the website address is:   kapitiu3a.com  

Kapiti Coast U3A Constitution

Click on the link to view this document – Kapiti U3a Constitution February 2015

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