How to Enrol in Classes

Note: If you are enrolling for classes next year, remember that you must hold a valid membership for next year before you enrol. For instance, if you join before 2nd October 2024, your membership is valid for 2024 only, and you will need to renew before you may enrol in 2025 classes.


Are there prerequisites for enrolling?

Most classes and groups have no prerequisites, though some active classes may suggest an appropriate fitness level. Language courses (other than beginner) do have prerequisites–see Languages below.,

Why are there limits on the number of classes I can do?

Class Sizes: All classes have a limit on the number of participants, determined either by the size of the venue or the optimum tutor-student ratio.

Enrolment limits: To ensure equitable access to popular subjects, there is a limit to how many classes you may take in those subject areas. The limit applies to languages (see Languages below) and to the following yearlong courses:

Let’s Do Cycling – one class only
Yoga – one class only
Mahjong – one class only
Writing – one class only
Wine Appreciation – one class only
Let’s Do Walks – maximum of 2 groups
Novels courses – 1 class only
Languages – see below


Language courses (other than beginner), have prerequisites, to ensure everyone in the class starts at a similar skill level. These are determined by the tutor and stated on the course description. Enrolment is usually provisional pending the tutor’s approval.

Languages are split into two groups: Group 1 (core) and Group 2 (conversation and culture). To ensure equitable access to these very popular subjects, you may enrol in only ONE class from Group 1 and ONE class from Group 2. After the initial enrolment period (usually in January) these limits are relaxed in some cases, and enable members to do more than one course.

For full details, refer to the Foreign Languages Policy.

What do “TBA” and “Wait list”mean?

On the course list, after the courses open for enrolment, each class displays a status on the bottom right hand side.

  • “Open” means there are spaces available and you may enrol immediately.
  • “TBA” means the tutor must approve your enrolment, because there are prerequisites (usually for languages).
  • “Wait list” means the class is full, but you may enrol on a waiting list. We recommend you do so, because it’s not unusual for class members to drop out during the year, or even before the course commences. When this occurs, the next person on the Waitlist will be contacted and admitted to the class.

Note that while you are waitlisted, you may not attend the class.

After you have enrolled, you can check your enrolments on your own Class Status page on MyU3A. Note that “TBA” is not used, and “Waitlist” means that either the class is full or the enrolment is awaiting tutor approval.

Can I enrol in a course after it has begun?

In most cases, yes, subject to available places and tutor approval. Each ebulletin advertises long course vacancies.

Is there a fee for each course?

No. Once you have paid your membership fees, there are no additional charges to enrol. Some courses may require the purchase of class materials, e.g. a language text book, or a contribution to photocopying costs. If an activity involves attendance at an outside venue which incurs a cost, e.g. a café, theatre or gallery, that will be at your own expense.

How do I take part in Zoom classes?

If your class is to be delivered on Zoom, you will receive a separate email a few days before the first class, containing the Zoom link. To join the session, simply click on the link in the email. You should not need to open your Zoom app.

If you cannot find the email, search for emails from . We recommend you save the email where you can easily find it again, as the same link will be used for every class. 

Before Enrolling in any Course, Please Consider the Following Information:

Course Content: All material presented in classes is at the discretion of the tutor/group leader and does not necessarily reflect the views of U3A Melbourne City. Members are solely responsible for the choices they make. Course summaries indicate the content to be covered; members should seek clarification from the tutor if required.

Member Participation in Activities: Members are solely responsible for their own level of participation in any exercise, performance or activity, especially where physical ability and health status are concerned.

How to Enrol

Through the MyU3A Portal (recommended)

There are instructions on the MyU3A website to help you navigate the process, or you can download them here. If you can’t find or remember your password, click the Forgot Password/ID button on the Member Login page of MyU3A.

  • Log in to MyU3A and select the Classes button.
  • Tip: Click on a category, or a day of the week, in the boxes at the top of the page. This will give you a shorter list of courses to choose from.
  • Scroll through the list, find the course you want and tick the check box next to Request.
  • Take note of the course enrolment status on the far right of the course details: Open, TBA, Wait list.
  • Very important: scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the Next button.
  • On the next screen, check that the class you have just requested is Listed. If it is not listed then you did not succeed in enrolling. You will need to try again.

Once enrolled, you will receive an automated email confirming your enrolment.

N.B. If you are waitlisted for the class you will not receive an email and you cannot attend the class.

If you haven’t used MyU3A for enrolments before, then our office volunteers will be happy to show you how easy it is.

Through the office (in person or by phone)

You may enrol by visiting or phoning the office, where an office volunteer will assist you. Please check our office hours before attending/calling. If the office is unattended, leave a voicemail and an office volunteer will contact you as soon as possible.

By email

Email enrolment requests can be sent to . Once you are enrolled in a class, an automatic email will be sent to your registered email address. If you do not have an email address then an office volunteer will contact you to tell you which classes you are enrolled in.

Please note that although you are always welcome to enrol in person, by phone or by email, those options all take longer than enrolling yourself directly through the MyU3A Member login.