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Programs for Au Pairs

Language and culture classes to help you gain valuable knowledge and skills while earning credits towards the Au Pair J1 visa education requirement. Choose from our self-paced online programs, weekday morning classes and popular two-week intensive courses.

Benefits of Studying 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 online and 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)

Programs for Au Pairs

  • Courses starting in September 2021 are tentatively scheduled as in-person in New York City and Westchester 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:

    • Conversation & Listening (Monday mornings). 5 hours/week.
    • Grammar & Writing (Wednesday mornings). 5 hours/week.
    • Reading & Vocabulary (Tuesday mornings). 4 hours/week.
    • Social English in U.S. Academic Culture (Thursday mornings). 4 hours/week.

    A limited number of seats are available for au pairs to join classes in our 7-week Intensive English Program at deeply discounted rates.

    Earn 28 - 36 hours

    Learn More about Intensive English Courses

  • Courses starting September 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

    Learn More about Integrated English Course

  • Courses starting September 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 28 hours

    Learn More about TOEFL Preparation Course

  • Courses starting September 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

    Learn More about Business English course

  • 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

    Learn More about Career Skills Courses

  • Online

    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.

    Learn More about Research Assignment

  • Courses starting July 2022 are scheduled in-person in Westchester

    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 for each 4-week course. Course offered in July.

    Learn More about English for Lawyers

How Can You Make the 6-Credit Requirement?

There are several ways for you to get 6 credits (60 hours or 72 hours) 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 FAQ page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to earn 60 or 72 hours in Spring and Fall

We have many courses of different lengths to help you get the hours you need.

Click on the number of hours for course details:

  • Option 1

    Course: 2-week Intensive Courses + Research Assignment
    Campus: Online
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours: 10 hours/ week (2-week Intensive) + 10 hours/ week (research assignment)
    Total weeks: 2 weeks + 2 weeks = 4 weeks
    Total hours: 40 hours
    Fee: $390
    Learn more about intensive courses + research assignment

    Option 2

    Course: Weekend Intensive Courses + Research Assignment
    Campus: New York City and Westchester (dates and topics vary between campuses)
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Saturday and Sunday (Weekend Intensive) + self-paced for 2 weeks (research assignment)
    Hours: 4 hours pre-assignment + 8 hours/ day (Weekend Intensive) + 10 hours/ week (research assignment)
    Total weeks: 2 days + 2 weeks
    Total hours: 40 hours
    Fee: $390
    Learn more about weekend courses + research assignment

  • Option 1

    Course: Grammar and Writing
    Campus: Online
    Levels: Intermediate and Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 5 (2.5 with teacher and 2.5 self-paced)
    Days: Classes with teacher* are Monday. Students will work independently with instructor support an additional 2.5 hours per week.
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Total weeks: 7 weeks
    Total hours: 36 hours (includes 1 hour diagnostic and instructor feedback)
    Fee: $295

    * Classes with teacher are a mix of in-person and 'live' remote delivery.

    Learn more about Grammar and Writing

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

    Option 2

    Course: Conversation and Listening
    Campus: Online
    Levels: Intermediate and Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 5 hours/ week (2.5 with teacher and 2.5 self-paced)
    Days: Classes with teacher* are Wednesday. Students will work independently with instructor support an additional 2.5 hours per week.
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Total weeks: 7 weeks
    Total hours: 36 hours (includes 1 hour diagnostic and instructor feedback)
    Fee: $295

    * Classes with teacher are a mix of in-person and 'live' remote delivery.

    Learn more about Conversation and Listening

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

    Option 3

    Course: Integrated Skills
    Campus: Online
    Level: Intermediate/ Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 5 hours self-paced study. An additional optional 1.25 hours/ week with the teacher is available for extra support (live online Wednesday evenings 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.).
    Total weeks: 7 weeks
    Total hours: 36 hours (includes 1 hour diagnostic and instructor feedback)
    Fee: $300

    Learn more about Integrated English Skills

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

  • Option 1

    Course: Reading and Vocabulary
    Campus: Online
    Levels: Intermediate and Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 4 (2 with teacher and 2 self-paced)
    Days: Classes with teacher* are Thursday. Students will work independently with instructor support an additional 2 hours per week.
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Total weeks: 7 weeks
    Total hours: 28 hours
    Fee: $235

    * Classes with teacher are a mix of in-person and 'live' remote delivery.

    Learn more about Reading and Vocabulary

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

    Option 2

    Course: Social English
    Campus: Online
    Levels: Intermediate - Advanced
    Hours/ week: 4 (2 with teacher and 2 self-paced)
    Days: Classes with teacher* are Tuesday and Thursday. Students will work independently with instructor support an additional 2 hours per week.
    Time: 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    Total weeks: 7 weeks
    Total hours: 28 hours
    Fee: $295

    * Classes with teacher are a mix of in-person and 'live' remote delivery.

    Learn more about Social English

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

    Option 3

    Course: TOEFL Preparation
    Campus: Online
    Level: Intermediate/ Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 4 (self-paced with instructor support)
    Days: Self-paced. An additional optional hour/ week with instructor is available. The time/ day will be arranged between the instructor and the students.
    Total weeks: 7 weeks
    Total hours: 28 hours
    Fee: $235

    Learn more about TOEFL Preparation

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

  • Option 1

    Course: Business & Professional English + Research Assignment (6 hours)
    Campus: Online
    Levels: Intermediate and Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 3 hours/ week (Business & Professional English) + 2 hours/ week (research assignment)
    Days: Classes with teacher* are Saturday. Students will work independently with instructor support an additional 1.5 hours per week + self-paced for 4 weeks (research assignment)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 18 hours for Business & Professional English + 6 hours for Research Assignment
    Fee: $250

    * Classes with teacher are a mix of in-person and 'live' remote delivery.

    Learn more about Business and Professional English

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

  • Option 1

    Course: 2-week Intensive Courses
    Campus: Online
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours: 10 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 2 weeks
    Total hours: 20 hours
    Fee: $225
    Learn more about 2-week intensive courses

    Option 2

    Course: Weekend Intensive Courses
    Campus: New York City and Westchester (dates and topics vary between campuses)
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Saturday and Sunday
    Hours: 4 hours pre-assignment + 8 hours/ day
    Total weeks: 2 days
    Total hours: 20 hours
    Fee: $225
    Learn more about weekend intensive courses

    Option 3

    Course: Research Assignment (add-on to Weekend or 2-Week Intensive courses)
    Campus: Online
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours/ week: 10 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 2 weeks
    Total hours: 20 hours
    Fee: $225

    Learn more about research assignment

    * Must be taken with Weekend Intensive courses

  • Option 1

    Course: Business & Professional English
    Campus: Westchester and Online
    Level: Intermediate/ Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 3 (1.5 hours 'live' with instructor + 1.5 self-paced)
    Days: Saturdays
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 18 hours
    Fee: $175

    Learn more about Business and Professional English

  • Option 1

    Course: Research Assignment (3 pages)
    Campus: Online
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Total hours: 6 hours
    Fee: $75

    Learn more about research assignment

    * Must be taken in conjunction with another in-person or online course

  • Option 1

    Course: Research Assignment (2 pages)
    Campus: Online
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Total hours: 4 hours
    Fee: $50

    Learn more about research assignment

    * Must be taken in conjunction with another in-person or online course

How to earn 60 or 72 hours in Summer

We have many courses of different lengths to help you get the hours you need.

Click on the number of hours for course details:

  • Option 1

    Course: 2-Week Intensive Courses + Research Assignment
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours/ week: 10 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 4 weeks
    Total hours: 50 hours
    Fee: $450
    Learn more about intensive courses + research assignment

  • Option 1

    Course: Intensive Integrated English Skills
    Level: Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours/ week: 6 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 36 hours
    Fee: $300
    Learn more about Integrated English Skills

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

  • Option 1

    Course: Weekday Intensive - Conversation & Listening
    Level: Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Schedule: Monday mornings
    Hours/ week: 5 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 30 hours
    Fee: $250
    * Placement test required
    Learn more about Conversation and Listening

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

    Option 2

    Course: Weekday Intensive - Grammar & Writing
    Level: Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Schedule: Monday mornings
    Hours/ week: 5 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 30 hours
    Fee: $250
    * Placement test required
    Learn more about Grammar and Writing

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

  • Option 1

    Course: Weekday Intensive - Reading & Vocabulary
    Level: Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Schedule: Monday mornings
    Hours/ week: 4 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 24 hours
    Fee: $250
    * Placement test required
    Learn more about Reading and Vocabulary

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

    Option 2

    Course: Weekday Intensive – Advanced Idioms
    Level: Intermediate-Advanced
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours/ week: 4 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 24 hours
    Fee: $200
    * Placement test required
    Learn more about Advanced Idioms

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

    Option 3

    Course: TOEFL iBT Preparation
    Level: Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours/ week: 4 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 24 hours
    Fee: $200
    Learn more about TOEFL Preparation course

    NOTE: An additional 4 hours or 6 hours is available by taking the optional research assignment add-on

  • Option 1

    Course: 2-Week Intensive Courses (topics vary)
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours/ week: 10 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 2 weeks
    Total hours: 20 hours
    Fee: $225
    Learn more about 2-week intensive courses
    * Can have optional Research Assignment added

    Option 2

    Course: Research Assignment (add-on to 2-week intensive courses)
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours/ week: 10 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 2 weeks
    Total hours: 20 hours
    Fee: $225
    Learn more about research assignment
    * Must be taken with 2-week intensive courses

    Option 3

    Course: English for Lawyers
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Legal Writing - self paced | Reading Legal Materials - Monday morning | US Law & Legal Education - self-paced | Listening & Speaking Skills or Law School - Tuesday morning
    Hours/ week: Each course 5 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 4 weeks
    Total hours: 20 hours/ course. TOTAL 80 hours possible for 4 weeks
    Fee: $168/course
    Learn more about English for Lawyers

  • Option 1

    Course: Research Assignment (3 pages)
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Total hours: 6 hours
    Fee: $75
    Learn more about research assignment
    * Must be taken in conjunction with another in-person or online course

  • Option 1

    Course: Research Assignment (2 pages)
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Total hours: 4 hours
    Fee: $50
    Learn more about research assignment
    * Must be taken in conjunction with another in-person or online course