Education Options

Education Basics

  • Au pairs should complete 6 credits, 7.2 CEUs or 72 hours to complete their education requirement.
  • Classes must be taken through U.S. based accredited post-secondary schools (normally colleges and universities).
  • Au pairs must provide a certificate, letter or transcript confirming the completion of the class.
  • Education should be completed at least 6 weeks prior to the end of your visa in order to be eligible to apply for an extension.

COVID-19 Update

Online classes are not normally accepted for your education requirement, but during the pandemic, we have been given authorization for online/virtual classes. At this time the exception will include online/virtual classes that you register for by December 31, 2021 at an accredited U.S.-based college or university.

Online Class Websites – These platforms will list online courses all over the country. These courses come from a variety of sources and some are not accredited. You must be sure you are selecting a U.S. based course that is from an accredited university or college.

  • Coursera
    • For example: The Science of Well-Being (one of Yale’s most popular classes) is available through Coursera and has been very popular with au pairs. The class is worth 19 hours and costs $49 to receive a certificate.
  • EdX
  • Ed2go

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