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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 weekday morning and evening classes, Saturday mornings, and popular weekend intensive Career Skills Development 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 at our New York City and/ or Westchester locations, and online.

  • 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 (Pleasantville)
    • Discounts at local eateries (all campuses) and Schimmel Theater (NYC) with Pace ID card
    • Access to intramural sports (NYC and Pleasantville)

Programs for Au Pairs

  • Spring 2023 courses are available On-campus and Online (HyFlex)

    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 (5 hours/week)
    • Grammar & Writing (5 hours/week)
    • Communication Skills in International Advertising (5 hours/ week)
    • Communication Skills in Ethical Marketing (5 hours/ week)
    • Reading & Vocabulary (4 hours/week)
    • Social English in U.S. Academic Culture (4 hours/week)
    • American Culture and Media (4 hours/week)
    • Public Speaking (4 hours/week)

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

    Earn 28 - 36 hours during fall and spring or 24-30 hours during summer

    Learn More about Intensive English Courses

  • Spring 2023 courses are available On-campus and Online (HyFlex)

    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.

    Earn 28 hours during fall and spring or 24 hours during summer

    Learn More about TOEFL iBT Test Preparation Course

  • Spring 2023 courses are available On-campus in Pleasantville and Online (HyFlex)

    An opportunity for au pairs to study English in our weekday Marketing and Advertising Communication Skills courses at a special discounted rate. Upper Intermediate-Advanced level courses. Courses include:

    • Communication Skills in International Advertising (5 hours/ week)
    • Communication Skills in Ethical Marketing (5 hours/ week)

    A limited number of seats are available for au pairs to join these topical classes i at deeply discounted rates.

    Earn 36 hours during fall and spring or 30 hours during summer

    Learn More about Marketing and Advertising Communication Skills Courses

  • Spring 2023 courses are available On-campus and Online (HyFlex)

    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.

    • Integrated English Skills (3 hours/week on Saturday mornings)
    • Intensive Integrated English Skills (6 hours/week on weekday evenings)

    Earn 18-36 hours during fall, spring, and summer

    Learn More about Integrated English Skills Courses

  • Spring 2023 courses are available On-campus

    Special two-day weekend intensive courses to help you in your career after your au pair experience.

    Courses are 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 Development 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

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: Career and Professional Skills
    Campus: Online (Synchronous)
    Level: Beginner and Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 15 hours/ week. Monday - Friday evenings: 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. EST
    Total weeks: 4 weeks
    Total hours: 60 hours
    Fee: $500

    Learn more about Career and Professional Skills

  • Option 1

    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: In Person*
    Levels: Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 5 hours/ week
    Days: Monday and Wednesday
    Time: Varies
    Total weeks: 7 weeks
    Total hours: 36 hours (includes 1 hour diagnostic and instructor feedback)
    Fee: $295

    * Subject to change.

    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: In Person*
    Levels: Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 5 hours/ week
    Days: Monday and Wednesday (Westchester, Online); Tuesday and Thursday (New York City)
    Time: Varies
    Total weeks: 7 weeks
    Total hours: 36 hours (includes 1 hour diagnostic and instructor feedback)
    Fee: $295

    * Subject to change.

    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: Communication Skills in International Advertising | Communication Skills in Ethical Marketing
    Campus: Pleasantville
    Levels: Upper Intermediate-Advanced
    Hours/ week: 5 hours/ week
    Days: Monday and Wednesday
    Time: Varies
    Total weeks: 7 weeks
    Total hours: 36 hours (includes 1 hour diagnostic and instructor feedback)
    Fee: $295

    * Subject to change.

    Learn more about Communication Skills in Marketing/ Advertising

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

    Option 4

    Course: Integrated Skills
    Campus: Pleasantville | Online
    Level: Intermediate/ Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 5 hours/ week
    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 4

    Course: Career and Professional Communication Skills
    Campus: In person
    Level: Beginner and Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 9 hours/ week. Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings: 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. EST
    Total weeks: 4 weeks
    Total hours: 36 hours
    Fee: $300

    Learn more about Career and Professional Communication Skills

  • Option 1

    Course: Reading and Vocabulary
    Campus: On campus | Online
    Levels: Intermediate and Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 4 hours/ week
    Days: TBD
    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: Pleasantville | new York City | Online
    Levels: Intermediate - Advanced
    Hours/ week: 4 (hours/ week
    Days: CTBD
    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: Pleasantville | online
    Level: Intermediate/ Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 4 (shours/ week
    Days: Self-paced. An additional optional hour/ week with instructor is available. The time/ day will be arranTBD
    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: Pleasantville | Online
    Levels: Intermediate and Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 3 hours/ week (Business & Professional English) + 2 hours/ week (research assignment)
    Days: Saturday.
    Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.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 2

    Course: Career and Professional Writing Skills
    Campus: Pleasantville
    Level: Beginner and Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 6 hours/ week. Monday and Wednesday evenings: 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. EST
    Total weeks: 4 weeks
    Total hours: 24 hours
    Fee: $200

    Learn more about Career and Professional Communication Skills

  • Option 1

    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 2

    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: Public Speaking
    Campus: Westchester
    Level: Intermediate/ Upper Intermediate
    Hours/ week: 3
    Days: Saturdays in person
    Time: 9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 18 hours
    Fee: $175

    Learn more about Public Speaking

    Option 2

    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-day Career Skills Development Series Course + Research Assignment
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Weekend
    Hours/ week: 10 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 4 weeks (includes research assignment)
    Fee: $390
    Learn more about career skills development series courses + research assignment

  • Option 1

    Course: Intensive Integrated English Skills
    Level: Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Schedule: Weekday evenings
    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: Weekday 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: Weekday 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: Weekday mornings
    Hours/ week: 4 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 24 hours
    Fee: $200
    * 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 - American Culture and Media
    Level: Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Schedule: Weekday mornings
    Hours/ week: 4 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 24 hours
    Fee: $200
    * Placement test required
    Learn more about American Culture and Media

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

    Option 3

    Course: Weekday Intensive - Social English in US Academic Culture
    Level: Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Schedule: Weekday mornings
    Hours/ week: 4 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 24 hours
    Fee: $200
    * Placement test required
    Learn more about Social English in US Academic Culture

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

    Option 4

    Course: Weekday Intensive - Public Speaking
    Level: Intermediate-Upper Intermediate
    Schedule: Weekday mornings
    Hours/ week: 4 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 6 weeks
    Total hours: 24 hours
    Fee: $200
    * Placement test required
    Learn more about Public Speaking

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

    Option 5

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

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

  • Option 1

    Course: 2-day Career Skills Development Series Courses (topics vary)
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours/ week: 20 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 1 week
    Total hours: 20 hours
    Fee: $225
    Learn more about 2-day Career Skills Development Series courses
    * Can have optional Research Assignment added

    Option 2

    Course: Research Assignment (add-on to 2-day career skills development series courses)
    Level: Intermediate+
    Schedule: Self-paced
    Hours/ week: 10 hours/ week
    Total weeks: 2 weeks
    Total hours: 20 hours
    Fee: $390
    Learn more about research assignment
    * Must be taken with 2-day career skills development series courses

  • 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