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Options for those Last Few Education Hours

From Christine Connally, CC with APIA

3324251659_c5b4e7da64How many total classroom hours do you need?

  • Standard au pairs must complete 72 hours or 6 credits or 7.2 CEUs.

Certain combinations of classes can leave you just a few hours short of the requirement.

Here are several options for completing those last few hours. Prices listed are correct as of February 10, 2017 and are subject to change. Consult the university websites for full information.

Virginia International University Saturday Museum Classes
5 hours (.5 CEUs) for $40 (+$20 reg. fee)
Held almost every Saturday morning (10:30am) in DC. Metro accessible locations.
Students will spend a day at a different museum each week and participate in an interactive, themed museum tour facilitated by an ESL instructors.

University of Virgin Islands Experience America through Art Galleries & Museums
5 hours (.5 CEUs) for $40
Held once per month on a Saturday (10 am or 1:30pm) in DC. Metro accessible locations.
Students self guide through a local museum over a 3 hour period and complete an outside assignment. The assignment is creating a detailed pictorial report of the visit, due within 7 days of the course.

University of Virgin Islands Fitness Fridays
2 hours (.2 CEUs) for $20
Held once per month on a Friday evening (8 pm) in DC. Metro accessible location.
A fitness class where students will stretch, move and exercise. Register early, space is limited.

Local Community Colleges
Check on our Resource Page under Education Options for links to local community colleges. In the Non-Credit or Continuing Education Catalogs, they will have a variety of small courses in a variety of subjects.

Photo: Ian Lee (Flickr)

Northern VA Community College – Registration and Testing

It is time to register for the Spring 2016 semester if you are interested in taking a class at NOVA.
Here is the link to the website and the Spring 2016 Catalog – be careful there are many campuses – you want to only consider campuses close to you.  Be sure to discuss with your host family before registering for any classes:
To arrange testing for those registering for classes for the first time – please call the campus you are interested in attending:
Loudoun Campus – 703-450-2597 (an option for the entire cluster).
Annandale – 703-323-3323 (Oakton Au Pairs are in between Loudoun and Annandale).
Manassas – 703-257-6536 (an option for South Riding/Chantilly/Ashburn).

Let us know if you have any questions!

NOVA – Registration begins April 15th


Click here for a list of classes offered

Northern VA Community College will begin registration for summer classes on April 15th.  You can contact them now to set up an appointment for your English placement test if you have never taken classes at NOVA before.

Loudoun Campus – Call 703-450-2597
Annandale Campus – Call 703-323-3323 (Oakton and Fairfax Au Pairs – either campus is convenient).
Click here to see the classes offered – please be sure to note the campus location for the class before registering:

APIA/UCLA Advantage course


A class for au pairs 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 Winter 2015 course dates are January 5, 2015 – May 11, 2014

Enrollment is now open at www.uclaextension.edu/aupairs

NOVA – Registration for Spring

click here for the Spring 2014 Catalog

click here for the Spring 2014 Catalog

Here is the catalog for the spring courses at Northern VA Community College. This is all campuses – be sure to look for the one that is closest to you.

Registration begins December 4th.
Reminder: you need 80 hours, which equals to 8 CEUs, or 6 credits throughout the year.



5188351708_aa503de0e8Online Courses: As you prepare to register for classes that begin in January, remember, online courses do not meet the educational requirement for au pairs.  The only exception is the UCLA course, which is exclusive to Au Pair in America.

Open registration for all students begins tomorrow at NOVA: http://www.nvcc.edu/wdce/loudoun/

Photo: Sean MacEntee