Cinema studies, linguistics and astronomy will be subjects not only for City University undergraduates from September, but also a window for the elderly to campus life. In the coming school year, senior residents may attend 27 undergraduate courses at HK$300 each at the university. A course generally lasts 13 weeks while the summer term runs for seven. 'They do not have to do any assignments or take any exams. They will just attend lectures and take part in group discussions,' said Lilian Vrijmoed, the university's dean of student learning. She said about 200 places would be offered in the 2008-09 school year, 93 of which would be available in the first semester. Any permanent resident of the city who is aged at least 60, speaks English or Chinese and has basic computer literacy may enrol, but each student can take only one course at a time. The Elder Academy scheme, funded by the Elderly Commission, will also run at the Institute of Education, Chinese University, Shue Yan University and Lingnan University in the coming school year. Commission chairman Leong Che-hung said: 'The scheme will not only benefit the elderly, but also City University's students as elderly people can share their life experiences.' Dr Leong said it was a good way of strengthening ties with young people. 'Elderly people can understand youngsters better while youngsters may find that elderly people are not as outdated as they had thought.' Professor Vrijmoed said: 'We want our students to learn from the elderly. Elderly students will [probably] be punctual and won't doze off in class.' She said the university would partner each elderly student with a young counterpart to help the elderly adapt to campus life. Those interested may apply between August 6 and 15. Successful applicants will be informed on August 21.