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Education – Auditing

When it comes to the Education requirement, au pairs can be confused by the phrase “not less than six semester hours of academic credit OR its equivalent.” What that means is that au pairs do not NEED to take credit classes. In fact, some colleges or universities will not allow J-1 visa holders to register for credit classes, as they “save” these for degree seeking students.

BUT au pairs can easily take non-credit or Continuing Studies classes. And some colleges and universities may allow them to “Audit” a credit class. This means that the au pair can sit in the class and do the assignments and take the tests but she will not get a grade for any work done, only a  “pass or fail”. The cost may or may not be less to audit a class. Each individual school will have its own policy. Au Pairs should consult with their Community Counselor to see which schools offer this option.

Education Opportunity for Au Pairs

You can fulfill your education requirement by signing up for a unique program called APIA Advantage. Au Pair in America developed this program in partnership with UCLA, a top university in the United States. The Spring session of APIA Advantage will run from March 28 – August 1.

About APIA Advantage:

•The program consists of an online course and community-based activities.
•Au pairs who have taken the course say It is full of interesting material, enriching activities and gives the flexibility to work around your childcare responsibilities (see testimonials below).
•The cost is $500 and it completely satisfies your au pair education requirement (or half of your requirement if you are an EduCare).
•It will broaden your educational and cultural experience in the United States.
The course will run from March 28, 2011 to August 1, 2011. I encourage you to review the program materials (click on the images to the right) and discuss it with your host family. I have also included testimonials below from au pairs who have taken the course.

Register online at www.uclaextension.edu/aupairs