Educational Credits for Au Pairs with Cultural Hi-Ways

Au pairs are required to earn 6 (or 12 for EduCare program) educational credits during their year in the United States. Many Au Pairs enjoyed the Learning Across America program with Cultural Hi-Ways and Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).

99% of Cultural Hi-Ways’ guests are Au Pairs. Au Pairs can sign up to join any of the weekend tours and have a great time. You can review all the details of the Learning Across America program here.

The program offers local classes and when Au Pairs choose a Learning Local, they have the opportunity to attend class locally and participate in a Cultural Hi-Ways tour to the destination they are studying, the cost of which is included in Au Pairs tuition.  Students travel to “must see” destinations like Amish Country, Montreal (Canada), Niagara Falls and Washington, DC.


Au pairs participating in BMCC’s Learning Local courses attend class locally (generally ranging from the New York City metropolitan area to Washington, DC) and then take part in a Cultural Hi-Ways tour to the destination they’re studying, the cost of which is included in the tuition price.  In choosing this option, they have the entire tour weekend to explore destinations like Montreal, Niagara Falls and Washington, DC.

BMCC’s Learning Express courses provide au pairs across America with the opportunity to study, explore and earn their educational credits over a long weekend in amazing cities like Chicago, Houston, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

According to the Department of State requirement, host families have to reimburse tuition costs and costs of related materials up to $500 and $1000 for EduCare. Please, plan ahead, speak with your host family and don’t wait until the last minute to register for your class.

Au Pairs classes in the Philadelphia area, Fall 2018

Summer is going fast and it is time for the Au Pairs to fulfill the Au Pair education requirement and register for the classes. Au Pairs should complete six semester hours (12 for educare program), or the equivalent 72 hours (144 for educare program) in class.

 A few options listed here are the most popular and affordable choices for the Au Pairs from the Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ area.

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Cultural Hi-Ways offers the classes at Peirce College with tours to three location
NIAGARA FALLS, WASHINGTON, DC and AMISH COUNTRY in Lancaster, PA. If you like travel, check this link Philly Au Pairs – Educational Courses 

Non-credit ESL Program at Montgomery County Community College, is very popular among the Au Pairs. The college offers a few ESL programs for Au Pairs.  Courses include instruction in reading, writing, speaking,listening, grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. APPE courses range from beginning through advanced levels. – Check it-

Bucks County Community College has a new program for the Au Pairs this year in Newtown campus. The College offers one credit classes designed specifically for au pairs. There are two different options available: Weekly Class on Friday Evenings (1 credit) aupair fall 2018flyer.pdf

Continuing Education Department of Bucks County Community College offers extensive and affordable classes – Day, Evening, Weekend classes, ESL, and PERSONAL ENRICHMENT classes that include Art & Design, Cooking, ESL, Health and Fitness, History + Special Interest, Language, Music, and Personal Mindfulness. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Au Pairs can take Credited Classes at Bucks County Community College for In-County tuition rates as well. Classes begin at Bucks County Community College  
(Newtown) August 22nd.
Harcum College offers English Language Academy – ESL Classes

Au pairs will have the following options for ESL:
One or two ESL classes for 8 weeks ($300/course) or  One ESL class for 15 weeks ($600/course) The 8-week session runs from August 27 – October 19, while the 15-week session will run from August 27 – December 15. Follow this link to redister 

Delaware County Community College offers non-credit courses, during day, evening, and weekend in  a few locations.  College provides beginning, intermediate and advanced level classes in listening, speaking, reading and writing English and also TOEFL Prep Course. Check this link

Princeton University gives Au Pairs a chance to audit Princeton University lectures on a non-credit basis for $175 per course. Many interesting classes available in Princeton University, please check Fall semester schedule. Course Registration: September 5-25, 2018, address is 4 Mercer street Princeton NJ08542, (609) 258-0202 – E-mail: .

According to the Department of State requirement, host families have to reimburse tuition costs and costs of related materials  up to $500  and $1000 for EduCare. Au Pairs responsible for all payments for tuition, fees, books and materials that exceed $500 or $1000.

Educational institutions must be accredited by approved accrediting agencies to be acceptable. The Department of Education has a list of approved accrediting agencies on their website.  If you are unsure or have questions, you can contact Go Au Pair corporate office.

Please, plan ahead, speak with your host family and don’t wait until the last minute to register for your class.

My busy but fun life as an Au Pair.

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while, I know… but I’ve had my hands full in the past month.

My life as an Au Pair is busy,  fun, challenging and special every day.

On March 17th we celebrated Joey’s birthday (everyone wearing something green, of course) and he had a blast!

Last week my host family returned from Montego Bay, Jamaica and I was surprised to see how much Joey missed me, he came in and jumped on me like a koala bear (it’s the only way I can describe the way he locked his legs around my waist and his arms around my neck, hahahah). I had spent the week here, going to school, Target and the mall.

I’ve been going to school for my German and Photoshop classes and received my certificates. Something extra to put on my resumé. 😀

On my free time, the movies have been my hiding place. I watched Hunger GamesMirror Mirror and I’m planning to watch The Three Stooges with Joey.

The kids and I get our daily dose of exercise when we go to the basement or in the backyard and play with our swords and throw sticks with the dogs for hours. Hey, it’s better than going to the gym.

Easter was AMAZING. We went to Allison’s parents’ house and I met a lot of great people. When we got home, all the kids wanted was the easter baskets the easter bunny had left them early.

Things were already going great and they got better yesterday when my mother said she’s coming to spend my birthday (May 9th) and mother’s day with me. I loved it!

Well, that’s it for now…but I’ll be back soon with more. So, what cool activities have you done?

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