Other Learning Opportunities

La Trobe University: Attendance at Lectures for Full Members



La Trobe University offers U3A Banyule member applicants the opportunity to participate as audit (ie listening) students, in university lectures for a single subject. To apply you must be a full financial member of U3A Banyule. The offer may include attendance at tutorials but not at practicals, and there is no assessment of your learning. Online access to university library resources may be available upon request.


Since 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, La Trobe University has been using remote and on line learning. This means that subject attendance may be face to face or it may be online. La Trobe University has gone to a lot of effort to place U3A members on its learning management system. It’s important that to participate successfully U3A Banyule members have good internet skills and access to a computer or tablet with home Internet access.


Choosing a subject

Subjects are selected from the La Trobe University website using 'Courses > Browse all courses'. You can study one subject per semester. U3A Banyule member participation is for courses offering lectures, but not specialist subjects. Note that specialist training may have practical categories and many business and science courses have number limits so audit places in these are rarely available.


We ask you to select 2 or 3 preferences, as your first preference may be unavailable. Please check that the subject is held in Semester 2 and check your availability on days and times for interactive mode.



Please contact Sue Beshara through info@u3abanyule.org.au if you have any questions. Please do not contact La Trobe University, the faculties or lecturers. All U3A Banyule applications are lodged together through our contact at the University. You will receive formal notification from La Trobe University confirming your enrolment. On line orientation will occur in mid to late July for Semester 2, 2021.


Pre requisites

* FULL financial membership of U3A Banyule. 

* Sound computer skills and access to a computer or tablet, and home Internet


How to enrol

  1. Express your interest through U3A Banyule's online enrolment system (MyU3A) when enrolments open in June. The listing will be under  'All Courses 2021'
  2. Complete and sign the U3A Banyule Application Form for Attendance of an Audit (only) Subject at La Trobe University.

   then either:-

  1. Email a scanned or photographed copy to Sue Beshara, c/- info@u3abanyule.org.au; OR
  2. Post it - Attention: Sue Beshara, La Trobe Coordinator, U3A Banyule, PO Box 454, Rosanna VIC 3084


Applications CLOSE on Friday 18 June 2021



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