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University courses for all

Many universities run accessible lecture cycles and university courses for people who want to broaden their knowledge, particularly senior citizens.
Perhaps you are over 50 and have a successful career behind you or you are jobless and you are highly motivated to learn. Or you simply want to do something constructive with your free time and meet other people like yourself in the process. Ever thought of enrolling in a university course?

Many universities organise accessible lecture cycles and university courses. You can invest your free time in to broaden your knowledge. They are variously known as Université Tous Ages, Universités du 3e Age, Universités du Temps libre, Universités des Aînés and Universités du Temps disponible. These cycles and courses do not lead to a certificate.

For French speakers

  • The Association Francophone des Universités de Tous Ages de Belgique (AFUTAB) is a general permanent education organisation. It represents the Universités Tous Ages in the French Community (FR).
  • Based in Brussels, the 'Conseil de l'Education Permanente de l'Université Libre de Bruxelles' (Council of Lifelong Education of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (FR)) (CEPULB) is one of the oldest Universités du Temps disponible in Europe. The CEPULB is part of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and has around 1,900 members. There is no age restriction and you do not have to have particular qualifications. CEPULB members are recognised as senior students of ULB.
  • The Université des Aînés (FR) (UDA) is a not-for profit organisation associated to the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). Like the CEPULB, the Université des Aînés runs courses and lecture cycles for students of all ages, without special conditions.

For Dutch speakers

  • The not-for-profit organisation 'Uitstraling Permanente Vorming' (UPV), part of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels Free University), is an institution of permanent education in Dutch (NL) specialised in scientific popularisation. It runs a range of educational activities in Dutch in the fields of culture and science.
  • The 'Universitaire Dinsdag Lezingen' (Tuesday University Lectures (NL)) are an initiative of the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel (KUB) within the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel group (College-University Brussels, HUB). Whatever your age, this lecture cycle in Dutch offers a on society, history, literature, philosophy and more.
Practical information is also available on the pages for senior citizens and activities for senior citizens pages.