In order to complete the au pair program successfully, au pairs are required by the U.S. State Department to take 6 credits or the equivalent of 72 hours worth of classes at an accredited university. Your host family is responsible for up to $500 of your educational component and ensuring that you have transportation to and from your classes.
Before you officially register for a class, please speak with your host family to ensure that the timing of the class works with their schedule. Once the class and timing have been approved, the family should pay for that class with their credit card. This action shows that you have mutually agreed to this class. It also helps your host family keep track of what they paid for and what they may still be obligated to pay.
When you take a class in the U.S., please note that most likely, these classes will not transfer back home for credit. Learn something new! Have fun! Increase your knowledge of a topic! These courses are simply meant for you to immerse yourself in American culture.
HERE ARE SOME KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING ON WHAT CLASSES TO TAKE:
CREDIT: 6 credits (72 hours) must be completed at an accredited university by the au pair’s last legal working day. If the au pair is extending, these credits must be completed 33 days before the end of his/her first year.
LOCATION: Luckily for my Westchester County au pairs, you are in an area that is chockful of local universities! Families are responsible for your transportation to and from your local classes (providing a vehicle, driving you, or giving you additional money for an Uber). However, if you choose to travel outside of Westchester County or the surrounding area, it is very important that you discuss transportation with your family BEFORE signing up for a class. If transportation costs are significantly higher than driving to a local class, the family is not obligated to pay for your full transportation costs.
Consider The Following 2 Options When Choosing A Class That Is NOT Local:
a) The host family can pay up to $500 for your class and transportation combined.
b) The host family can make sure you have transportation to the ‘local’ airport-train-bus and then the au pair would be responsible for the cost of the transportation to the LONG DISTANCE destination.
SCHEDULE: When choosing a class, please review with your host family BEFORE signing up. There are so many options to accommodate varying schedules! Classes can be taken during the week, at night and on the weekends.
Tips For Finding A Class That Works With Your Schedule:
(a) Before you match with your host family, ask them when you would be able to take classes so you can determine if the schedule works for you! Is this a schedule that you can be happy with?
(b) Do not wait until the last minute to take a class. You should discuss your schedule with your family early on so you know when you can take classes. While you have until your last legal working day to fulfill your education requirement (33 days before your last working day if you plan to extend), this does not mean there will be classes that fit into your schedule if you wait. Class schedules are always changing so what is available one season may not be available the next season.
COST: Classes can be expensive. Families are responsible for up to $500 of your education so au pairs are responsible for any additional costs. When looking at classes please review the ‘Continuing Education’ section for each school. You are not matriculating as a student, but rather paying per class. This will save you a nice chunk of money!
BELOW ARE 2 USEFUL WEBSITES THAT CAN BE USED TO RESEARCH POST-SECONDARY ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS:
Please remember that the following educational options are not allowed:
- Online or distance learning classes
- Study tours
- GED or High School Equivalency Courses
Ready to begin your class search?
Wednesday, 5 February 2020 10:35 PM