Au pairs are required to complete 6 credits or 7.2 CEUs or 72 or more hours.
EduCare companions are required to complete 12 credits or 14.4 CEUs or 144 or more hours.
Credit and non-credit classes are both acceptable as long as they are through an accredited U.S.-based college or university. Look on the “Education Options” tab for accredited schools in our cluster area. If you want to take a class at a school not listed here on our blog, please check with your counselor first to make sure it is accredited. Otherwise, it would not count toward your education requirement.
Your host family will pay an education allowance to assist you in completing your education requirement. Au Pairs education allowance – $500, EduCare education allowance – $1000
There are ways to get your credits for just your education allowance, but it will not give you a lot of choices. Normally au pairs will contribute some of their own money ($200+) towards their education.
Au pairs should finish their classes 4-6 weeks before their visa ends, in order to apply for a visa extension.
A certificate, letter or transcript from the school is required as proof of completion.
The APIA Advantage UCLA Course is the only State Dept. approved class with an online component. No other online classes are accepted. (Exceptions may be made during the pandemic. Check out the Education Changes Due to COVID-19 for details.)
Note: Au pairs are allowed to take one weekend course for up to half their education requirement per contract year. The Department of State views our program as a cultural exchange experience and an au pair going to campus over the length of a semester alongside her American peers facilitates this while promoting the spirit of the program.