Many people don’t consider the au pair program when searching for ways to study abroad – but the truth is, it’s one of the best ways to earn college credits in a foreign country while gaining international work experience, immersing yourself in a new language and culture and of course, finding a new community of family and friends!
To be an au pair in the USA, you must enroll at an accredited American college or university and earn at least six academic credits during your time abroad. It’s a core element of the J-1 exchange visitor visa program, and it’s mandated by the U.S. Department of State. Au pairs who have returned to their home countries look back on their experiences and agree that the educational requirement is one of the greatest benefits of the au pair program in America, because it gives you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study in the USA.
For young women and men with no other chance to take classes in a foreign country, being an au pair is the perfect way to continue your education, learn a new skill and grow personally and professionally. Some au pairs choose to study in America and spend the majority of their free time taking new classes at a local college – others go to the USA to focus on being an au pair, and simply finish up some courses that will help them move forward in life. No matter what path you choose, you will come home from your time abroad feeling confident, independent and more capable than ever.
When you study in the U.S. with Cultural Care Au Pair, you’ll receive up to $500 towards the cost of your academic course work. This is paid for by your host family, who are there to support you and encourage you as you embark on your American academic journey! Many au pairs use this financial aid to take classes that will help them pursue their dreams – whether it’s photography, painting or creative writing, the options are endless.
Another great thing about being an au pair in America is that no matter where you live with your host family, there are plenty of U.S. universities for you to enroll in. Every state in the USA has high-quality colleges – it’s up to you where you want to study! There are lots of resources out there to help you choose the best institution for you. Before you select where to study in America, we recommend researching the top U.S. universities by ranking so you can make an informed decision. You’ll see ranking of U.S. universities based on class offerings, class size, campus life, cost and more. What’s important is that you consider what you’re looking for in an American college experience, and judge your options based on that!
Maybe you’ve been considering study abroad through a university and are unsure of where to go or how to get the most out of your experience in a foreign country. Instead of taking classes through a specific school based in France, broaden your horizons and study abroad in the USA as an au pair. You’ll have a source of income and free room and board with a supportive and loving American family as you discover new passions and earn academic credits to help you grow your career.
Studying at an institution in the U.S. is an incredible way to immerse yourself in American culture and make friends from around the world. Best of all, taking courses as an au pair in America is an adventure – and a unique opportunity to challenge yourself. You’ll discover new academic and creative interests with the potential to change your future!
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The Au Pair Program
Learn more about what it means to be an au pair in the USA — and the lifelong benefits of our program.
Discover the benefits of being a Cultural Care au pair, such as studying at a local university, paid time off, travel opportunities and more!
Duties & Responsibilities
As an au pair, your main focus will be caring for your host children. Learn more about the common duties and responsibilities of an au pair.
Au Pair Qualifications
Find out what it takes to become a Cultural Care au pair. Review our program qualifications and requirements to see how you match up!