in-person weekend
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

We offer seven different courses in ten locations across the country. Courses are designed to help you get the most out of your experience in the U.S. and can be taken in any order.

New York City
New York City

Practice your English in one of the biggest cities in the U.S.!

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Make Friends
Make Friends

Get to know your classmates as you practice your language skills!

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Taught By Professionals
Taught By Professionals

Learn from experienced ESL instructors!

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New York City
New York City

Practice your English in one of the biggest cities in the U.S.!

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English Language Skills
for Au Pairs

Practice your English skills in New York City!
Offered in New York City

Get the most out of your time in the United States by improving your English skills! Learn about American accents, cultural traditions, and travel tips - all while getting to explore the sights and history of New York City! 

Practice your listening and speaking skills with interesting classroom discussions and workshops, and strengthen your reading and writing skills with written assignments. Learning American expressions and idioms will help you speak like a native! And best of all, this in-person course means that you get to practice everything you learn during the weekend in the heart of New York City!

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is designed to provide au pairs the opportunity to improve their English language proficiency. These courses are fully accredited through UCLA and approved for the Au Pair J-1 visa categoryLearn more about in-person ESOL courses here!

 

Take courses from professional artists & performers!

Offered in New York City and Los Angeles

Channel your creativity and take an ​in-depth ​look ​at ​what the U.S. has to offer in the ​fields ​of ​arts and entertainment! ​Through ​a ​combination ​of ​classroom ​discussions, ​hands-on ​workshops, ​and ​excursions ​around ​Los ​Angeles or New York, ​you ​will ​see for yourself ​why “the ​creative ​capitals ​of ​the ​world” ​have ​earned their nicknames. ​We focus on the importance of creativity and how to use it in your personal and professional lives. This ​course is offered in two cities and ​has ​two ​tracks ​to ​choose ​from: Performing ​Arts ​or ​Visual ​Arts. See below for detailed descriptions of both tracks.
Performing Arts
Performing Arts

Explore the influence of Hollywood on the US and the world.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame

Visit Hollywood during our weekend class in L.A.

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Dance Workshop
Dance Workshop

Participate in hands-on workshops for both visual and performing arts tracks.

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Performing Arts
Performing Arts

Explore the influence of Hollywood on the US and the world.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Dance workshop
Dance workshop

At our New York class, get shakin' with our Beyonce dance workshops.

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Cherry Lane Theater
Cherry Lane Theater

Take your own paparazzi photos outside of well-known New York theaters.

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Drama workshop
Drama workshop

Learn drama and acting techniques from professional actors.

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Dance workshop
Dance workshop

At our New York class, get shakin' with our Beyonce dance workshops.

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Performing Arts

Offered in New York City and Los Angeles
36 Hours Equivalent to 3 Credits

Deepen your understanding of the performing arts through classes, hands-on workshops, and excursions throughout LA or NYC. We offer workshops on drama and music, and dance, taught by artists in the field. In LA, you’ll learn about the history of the film and TV industry, with a particular emphasis on Hollywood; in NY, you'll learn about the history of drama and the importance of the New York theater scene. In both cities, you will have the chance to visit some well-known districts related to the performing arts. Both courses will include attending live performances once COVID restrictions allow. No performing arts background? That's okay! We focus more on the creative process and becoming comfortable with trying something new.
Photography
Photography

Have fun no matter which side of the camera you're on!

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Sketching workshop
Sketching workshop

Students in New York will learn the basics of sketching and can choose to take an advanced sketching workshop as well.

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Student artwork
Student artwork

Show off your creativity in our art workshops!

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Photography
Photography

Have fun no matter which side of the camera you're on!

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Visual Arts

Offered in New York City and Los Angeles
36 Hours Equivalent to 3 Credits

Deepen your understanding of the visual arts through classes, hands-on workshops, and excursions throughout LA or NYC. Participate in workshops on art and photography, taught by artists in the field. In LA, learn about art history and its influence on social media and pop culture today, as well as street art throughout Los Angeles. In New York, learn about art history and see some of New York City's most recognized architectural landmarks. In both cities you will spend time in one or more world-famous art museums. You will also practice your photography skills during a photo challenge using iconic sites in Hollywood or Times Square as your backdrop. We'll provide you with the materials you need to get your creativity flowing, even if you've never considered yourself to be an artist.
 
 
 
Daniel Oviedo Rodriguez
Daniel Oviedo Rodriguez

Share your goals and aspirations with your classmates.

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Community service
Community service

Students volunteer at World Refugee Day in Salt Lake.

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Make new friends
Make new friends

Learn about conflict resolution--although we don't think you'll need it here!

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Daniel Oviedo Rodriguez
Daniel Oviedo Rodriguez

Share your goals and aspirations with your classmates.

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Make a difference

Get involved in the community!

Offered in Boston, Chicago, Utah, Texas, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, & DC
36 Hours Equivalent to 3 Credits

This course is designed specifically to help au pairs navigate the cultural and personal challenges of living in the U.S. Learn important life skills through an engaging combination of classroom discussions, community activities, and student assignments. You will discuss cultural diversity in the United States and learn to successfully interact with people from different backgrounds and life experiences. Our experienced instructors will help you learn ways to deepen your connection with your community. You will also benefit from being in a diverse classroom, which will allow you to make new friends with individuals from all over the world and put everything you are learning into practice. Be the change you want to see in the world!
 
Experience US history
Experience US history

Learn about the faces represented by the well-known landmarks in DC.

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New experiences
New experiences

Step out into the community and try something new!

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Olympic torch
Olympic torch

Students in SLC visit the Olympic Museum.

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Experience US history
Experience US history

Learn about the faces represented by the well-known landmarks in DC.

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DISCOVER the u.s.

Discover 8 major cities around the country!

Offered in Boston, Chicago, Utah, Texas, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, & DC
36 Hours Equivalent to 3 Credits

In addition to gaining a greater understanding of the United States, you will also have the opportunity to share your home country's culture with other students and compare it to key aspects of American life. You will gain in-depth knowledge of U.S. geography while also learning about exciting events in U.S. history and how they have influenced the current U.S. political culture and process. Through various excursions and activities, you will be able to explore and further understand the important historical and cultural identity of the course city area that you are visiting.
 
See the U.S.!
See the U.S.!

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Help others!
Help others!

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Support your community
Support your community

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See the U.S.!
See the U.S.!

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combo Make a difference & Discover the u.s.

Two courses in one weekend!
Offered in Utah, Texas, San Diego, & Tampa

72 Hours Equivalent to 6 Credits

Take advantage of earning 72 educational hours (equivalent to 6 credits) in just one weekend! Our Make a Difference and Discover the U.S. Combo turns the two courses into one fun filled adventure! In this four day course, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the area you are visiting and the local cultural landmarks. In the classroom you’ll get to know your au pair classmates as you share your experiences and opinions, and discuss what it means to be part of a community. You’ll also learn about American culture, geography and history. It’s an exciting weekend of discovering both yourself and your community!

 

EXPLORE OUR ENVIRONMENT

Learn about the environment!

Get wet!
Get wet!

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Meet a new friend
Meet a new friend

Are you afraid of snakes?

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Explore new environments
Explore new environments

What will you discover this weekend?

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Get wet!
Get wet!

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Explore Our Aquatic Environment
Special edition, offered in Tampa - 36 Hours Equivalent to 3 Credits

 

This course is great for ocean lovers! Explore the geographically diverse science wonders of the Tampa Bay area through a fun and interesting combination of classroom discussions, field trips, and lab work. You will also gain an understanding of marine conservation topics and applications related to dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and sharks!!!  Learn about identifying the biodiversity of Gulf of Mexico’s shark populations by collecting and analyzing shark teeth and other marine fossils. Then, you will learn about the rescue, rehabilitation and release of distressed or injured sea life.

This class will visit:

  • Venice Beach, Florida – You will spend some time collecting fossils of sharks' teeth, which you will take home after our shark tooth identification lab. 

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium – You will visit this rescue aquarium and marine hospital, famously known as the home of Disney’s “Winter” from Dolphin Tale!

Soak up some sun!
Soak up some sun!

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Hands-on learning
Hands-on learning

Become an environmental scientist for the weekend!

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Make friends!
Make friends!

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Soak up some sun!
Soak up some sun!

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Explore Our Environment
Offered in Tampa - 72 Hours Equivalent to 6 Credits

Get ready to explore the geographically diverse science wonders of the Tampa Bay area through a fun and interesting combination of classroom discussions, excursions, and lab work. Learn about wilderness geocaching, environmental science, disasters and preparedness, salt water desalinization, healthy habitats, manatees, water chemistry, and more through field trips in the Tampa Bay area. You'll also have a chance to study environmental problems that affect your home country and present your findings to your fellow classmates.

 
 
 

COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS

Select from a variety of classes, activities, and assignments to earn the equivalent of 3 or 6 credits!

  • Coursework includes pre-weekend assignments, classroom hours, activities in and out of the classroom, excursions, and may include post-weekend assignments. Each day of your weekend class will be packed full of engaging classes, activities, and exploring your city. 

 

  • ​Pre-weekend assignments help prepare you for class. The assignments vary by course, but may include student discussion boards, quizzes, and presentations to be shared during the course. Assignment details will be sent to you after you register.
     

  • Post-weekend assignments strengthen what you've learned over the weekend. These include written reflections based on weekend classes and activities, and other activities designed to help you make the most of your experience in the U.S. Note: Arts & Entertainment and Explore Our Aquatic Environment do not require post-weekend assignments.

  Check with your au pair agency concerning hours and credits, as requirements may vary.