WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
Thank you for visiting the website.
WWW.U3A.INTERNATIONAL is the presence on the internet for U3A International, an association registered in Marbella. Please note that www.u3a.world, www.u3a.es and www.u3a.eu are our mirrored websites and have no connection with any other bodies.
While on this site please take the opportunity to have a good look around and discover more about what we do. Hopefully you will find the experience informative as well as a really easy and enjoyable one whatever device you use.
The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a world-wide non-profit making concept for mature people. Its aim is the promotion of activities for enjoyment and personal fulfilment. However, while U3A International adheres to the essential principles of U3A, the association is not affiliated with any other u3a organisation and remains entirely autonomous, focussing on the interests and requirements of English speaking members who live in or visit the South of Spain. Membership therefore of any other organisation does not confer any rights to membership of U3A International.
A very broad range of courses, activity groups and lectures is offered and these take place predominantly in the Marbella area of the coast but also in Coín and Alhaurin El Grande inland. Currently there are in excess of 1000 members of many different nationalities. As well as British, Irish and other Europeans (including more than seventy Spanish citizens) members visit from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, Canada, USA, Bahamas and many other parts of the world. The association is truly cosmopolitan
The administrators, activity leaders and lecturers are all volunteers who share their particular interests or expertise with other members and who also firmly believe in the special camaraderie of this particular association. Whether activities and lectures are held on the coast or inland, attendance is open to all members wherever they may be based in Spain or in other parts of the world. This area is generally blessed with wonderful weather which, coupled with incredible scenery, makes it the ideal place for outdoor pursuits such as the extensive walking, cycling and birdwatching activities. A healthy mind in a healthy body is a relevant adage for U3A International.
The association also effectively acts as a catalyst for social interaction. Everyone has the opportunity to meet like-minded people at any of our activities and lectures as well as at other events held throughout the year. The association principally functions between September and May though there are some activities which continue through the summer months. All this is available to members for an incredibly low annual subscription. New members may discover more about the association and indeed join at any time during the year by attending any coffee morning in the Hapimag in Marbella or the Bar Dani in Alhaurin el Grande.
If you are not yet a member more details are available on the MEMBERSHIP PAGE
I do hope you find the association of interest and I look forward to seeing you in the flesh, as it were.