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Temporary Changes to Au Pair Education Requirement Due to COVID-19

UPDATED: July 31, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Au Pair in America has temporarily given approval for online/virtual classes, with a few conditions. Classes must be offered by an accredited school and the class must conclude by the end of 2020. Au pairs must still produce certificates or other acceptable documentation confirming the completion of the class.

If in doubt, ask your counselor to check if the school is accredited. All class hours must be completed by the end of your 11th month in the program if you wish to extend.

The following schools are offering online or virtual classes as of July 28, 2020.

ESL Specific Schools

Community Colleges

Other Languages

Weekend/U.S. Culture/Travel Courses

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 course that is from an accredited university.

*This class would be great for au pairs who have already taken or plan to take a PGCC Transition ESL class when things go back to normal. Those classes usually earn 50-60 hours, so this could be enough to complete your education requirement, in combination with one of those classes.

All Things American *NEW*

Click HERE for a great list of online courses on a variety of topics related to American culture and history. They are available through Coursera and are being taught by accredited colleges and universities. They range from 9-80 hours towards your education requirement and the cost is typically $49.

Photo: Ivan Radic

UCLA American Studies Course

uclaA class for au pairs and Educare companions who want to master a university level class and take home a certificate from a major U.S. university.

Registration is now open for “American Studies,” offered online through the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Your host family pays the tuition of $500. You receive a reading assignment each week, and you have one or two assignments to do online. Some assignments will test your creative thinking. Some assignments will send you to the internet to do some independent research.

Note that a Global Awareness presentation, volunteer work in the community, and participating in local events are all part of this class (and you will earn 6 credits by completing both the online and community requirements). Ambitious? Yes – most definitely.

If you are curious about the events that have shaped culture and history in the U.S., if you would like a taste of the part women have played in U.S. history, if you want to get involved in the community where you live, if you are mentally adventurous – this is the class for you!

Read more about the class HERE.

The next course runs from September 23, 2013 – February 3, 2014.
Register today at www.uclaextension.edu/aupairs.

Study & Travel Class – NY City Trip

Class Description
Participants are invited to explore the history, geography, landmarks, arts and customs that characterize North America. Learn about fascinating cultures and locales through classroom lectures, films, articles and discussions while improving your English comprehension skills.  As part of the course, you will participate in a weekend “I-Witness” tour to the destination you are studying!


There's no better time to visit NYC, than when it's all decked out for the holidays.

To see a detailed itinerary of the tour, please visit the Cultural Hi-ways website:  http://www.culturalhiways.net/newyorkdc2010.htm

Program Fee: $379 (includes tour). Who should enroll: Anyone living in the tri-state area.

How do I register? Sign up online here with payment of $379 (includes tour). We will process your registration and send you a receipt letter via e-mail.

Class location: George Mason University/ Arlington Campus 3401 Fairfax Drive Arlington Va. There is NO PARKING – must take Orange line subway to Virginia Square/GMU station.

Credits: When you have successfully completed the course, you will obtain a CERTIFICATE stating you have earned 45 HOURS or 4.5 CEUs CREDIT

Please read: Class dates: Saturday October 23, Saturday November 6 and SUNDAY November 21. Tour date: December 4-5, 2010
Saturday, Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; 3 sessions starting October 23, 2010, ending November 21, 2010