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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

  • Summer 2022 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)
    • 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 24-28 hours during summer

    Learn More about Intensive English Courses

  • Summer 2022 courses are available Online (Asynchronous)

    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 (5 hours/ week in total).

    Earn 36 hours during fall, spring, and summer

    Learn More about Integrated English Skills Course

  • Summer 2022 courses are available Online (Asynchronous)

    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.

    Offered 4 hours self-paced lessons + optional 1 hours/ week live online sessions with instructor (4 hours/ week in total).

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

    Learn More about TOEFL iBT Test Preparation Course

  • Summer 2022 courses are available Online (asynchronous)

    Business English classes that focus on the English and professional skills you need for success in business and business negotiations skills.

    Offered 3 hours self-paced lessons + optional 1 hour per week live online sessions with instructor (3 hours/ week in total).

    Earn 18 hours

    Learn More about Business English Courses

  • These classes are conveniently scheduled on Saturday mornings. Improve your ability to speak publicly in English in classrooms, meetings, presentations and formal situations. Gain confidence when speaking in front of other people in English.

    Offered Saturday mornings in person 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Earn 18 hours

    Learn More about Public Speaking Course

  • These classes are conveniently scheduled online in the evenings. Improve your professional skills. There are two courses, one focusing on spoken communications and the other focusing on written communications.

    Offered evenings 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

    Earn 60 hours (both courses), 36 hours (Communication Skills), or 24 hours (Writing Skills)

    Learn More about English + Career and Professional Skills Courses

  • Summer 2022 (July) courses are available On-campus and Online (HyFlex)

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

    • Reading Legal Materials (5 hours/week)
    • Listening and Speaking Skills for Law School (5 hours/week)
    • Legal Writing (5 hours/week)
    • U.S. Law and Legal Education (5 hours/week)

    Earn 20-80 hours during Summer (July)

    Learn More about English for Lawyers Courses

  • Summer 2022 2-week courses are available Online (Asynchronous)

    Special two-week courses to help you in your careers 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: 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: 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: Integrated Skills
    Campus: Online (Asynchronous)
    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 4

    Course: Career and Professional Communication Skills
    Campus: Online (Synchronous)
    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: 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 2

    Course: Career and Professional Writing Skills
    Campus: Online (Synchronous)
    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: 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: 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-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