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Programs for Au Pairs


The U.S. Department of State has stated it will temporarily permit au pairs to enroll in online versions of existing classes if there are no other options available to them in their community.

See below for online and in-person options for which you can get your credits.

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Benefits of getting your au pair education credits at Pace University

If you are an au pair on J1 visa, we can help you get the education credits you need. We offer a wide range of interesting courses, many different times for you to take classes, and special pricing just for you! Courses are offered in our New York City and/ or Westchester locations.

  • Two convenient locations (and online)
  • Multiple options for getting the credits you need (weekday morning, weekday evening, weekend, self-paced)
  • Discounted prices for au pairs on regular courses
  • Interesting and helpful courses that you can use when you go back home
  • Full use of university facilities and benefits, including:
    • Gym (NYC and Pleasantville)
    • Olympic-sized swimming pool (Pleasantville)
    • Library (NYC and Pleasantville)
    • Free parking (White Plains and Pleasantville)
    • Discounts at local eateries (all campuses) and Schimel Theater (NYC) with Pace ID card
    • Access to intramural sports (Pleasantville)

How Can You Make the 60 Hours or 72 Hours/6-Credit Requirement?

There are several ways for you to get 60 hours or 72 hours/6 credits by taking courses in multiple sessions or combining programs. View all course combinations below by selecting the term you are interested in. Detailed course information is available below.

If you have questions about our au pair programs, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page

Programs for Au Pairs

intensive english program at eli 6-7 WEEK WEEKDAY ENGLISH COURSES

*Courses starting June 2021 are tentatively scheduled as in-person in New York City and online*

An opportunity for au pairs to study English in our weekday Intensive English Program at a special discounted rate. Intermediate-Upper Intermediate levels. Courses include:

  • Grammar & Writing (Monday mornings). 5 hours/week.
  • Reading & Vocabulary (Tuesday mornings). 4 hours/week.
  • Conversation & Listening (Wednesday mornings). 5 hours/week.
  • American Culture and Media (Thursday mornings | March, 2021 start date). 4 hours/week.
  • Public Speaking(Thursday mornings | June and July, 2021 start dates). 4 hours/week.

A limited number of seats are available for au pairs to join classes in our 6-week Intensive English Program at deeply discounted rates.

Earn 24 - 30 hours

Young woman gesturing while studying integrated english at pace university6-7-WEEK INTEGRATED ENGLISH SKILLS COURSE

*Courses starting June 2021 are scheduled online*

English classes that focus on all aspects of English are designed for non-native English speakers who want to improve their English skills for personal and professional reasons.

Offered 5 hours self-paced lessons + optional 1.25 hours/ week live online sessions with instructor (TOTAL 5 hours/ week).

Earn 36 hours

Student and Professor in toefl class at pace university6-7-WEEK TOEFL PREPARATION COURSE

*Courses starting June 2021 are scheduled online*

Course prepares au pairs to reach their TOEFL iBT score goals by teaching every aspect of the tests including grammar, vocabulary, reading, speaking, listening and test-taking strategies.

Self-paced (4 hours/ week).

Earn 24 hours

young woman studying business english at pace6-WEEK BUSINESS ENGLISH COURSES

*Courses starting June 2021 are scheduled online*

Classes in these programs are conveniently scheduled on Saturday mornings. Business English classes that focus on the English and professional skills you need for success in business and business negotiations skills.

Offered Saturday mornings (1.5 hours/ week) + 1.5 hours/ week self-paced study (TOTAL 3 hours/ week)

Earn 18 hours


*2-week online courses are currently available*

Special two-week and two-day weekend courses to help you in your careers after your au pair experience.

Courses eligible for digital badges!

Earn 20 hours for the course and another 20 hours for the optional research assignment for 40 hours

au pair with laptop completing research assignment at pace universityRESEARCH ASSIGNMENT COURSE


4-hour or 6-hour research assignments allows you to practice your academic research skills and earn 4 hours or 6 hours toward your au pair education requirement.

Must be taken in conjunction with or following a face-to-face or online course.

English for Lawyers young woman smiling holding books in front of law court4-WEEK ENGLISH FOR LAWYERS COURSES

*Courses starting July 2021 are scheduled online*

Perfect for au pairs who have studied law, are thinking of studying law or are lawyers in their country.

  • Reading Legal Materials (Monday morning)
  • Listening and Speaking Skills for Law School (Tuesday morning)
  • Legal Writing (Self-paced)
  • U.S. Law and Legal Education (Self-paced)

Earn 20 hours per 4-week course. Course offered in July.