UCLA Extension

Au Pair Weekend Courses

These unique and exciting courses will help you, as an au pair working in the United States, to gain the most from your American experience. This program can also satisfy the U.S. Department of State au pair educational requirement. Most au pairs can earn all the hours they need by completing two of our very affordable 3-day weekend courses, which are offered throughout the year, plus pre- and post-assignments.


Arts & Entertainment
 courses are offered in Los Angeles and New York City.

Experience America courses are offered in Chicago and San Francisco.

Explore Our Environment is offered as a special regional pop-up course this coming June in Hawaii!

Find courses to fit your schedule.

Arts & Entertainment

Learn about American culture and history through an in-depth look at the fields of entertainment and the arts! Through a combination of classroom discussions, hands-on workshops, and field trips, you will experience what one of “the creative capitals of the world” has to offer. You can even take one track in each city on separate weekends. There are no post-assignments for these courses.

Course Descriptions

L.A. in the Spotlight

Performing Arts: Theater, Music, TV/Film

Deepen your understanding of the performing arts through classes, hands-on workshops, and excursions throughout Los Angeles. Participate in workshops on drama and music, taught by artists in the field. Learn about the history of the film and TV industry, with a particular emphasis on Hollywood. You will have an opportunity to see a live performance, as well as tour some of the most famous theaters and concert halls in Los Angeles. Throughout the weekend, this course places an emphasis on creativity and the importance of using it in your personal and professional lives.

Visual Arts: Art, Architecture, Photography

Deepen your understanding of the visual arts through classes, hands-on workshops, and excursions throughout Los Angeles. Participate in workshops on art and photography, taught by artists in the field. Learn about art history and its influence on social media and pop culture today, as well as street art throughout Los Angeles. Explore the area’s architecture and visit several well-known museums. You will also practice your photography skills during a Hollywood photo challenge. Throughout the weekend, this course places an emphasis on creativity and the importance of using it in your personal and professional lives.

A Taste of New York

Performing Arts: Theater/Broadway, Music

Deepen your understanding of the performing arts through classes, hands-on workshops, and excursions throughout New York City. Participate in workshops on drama and music, taught by artists in the field. Learn about the history of drama, with a particular emphasis on Broadway and the importance of the New York theater scene. You will also have an opportunity to see a live performance and visit the famous Broadway theater district. During the weekend, this course places an emphasis on creativity and the importance of using it in your personal and professional lives.

Visual Arts: Art, Architecture, Photography

Deepen your understanding of the visual arts through classes, hands-on workshops, and excursions throughout New York City. Participate in workshops on art and photography, taught by artists in the field. Learn about art history and see some of New York City’s most recognized architectural landmarks, as well as visit one of the city’s many world-famous art museums. You will also get the opportunity to practice your photography skills at Times Square, and other famous Manhattan locations.

Experience America

Through a fun and interesting combination of classroom discussions, fieldtrips, community engagement, and other activities, you will learn important skills for dealing with the cultural and personal challenges that international visitors in the U.S. often face. These courses will assist you in interacting directly with Americans through a number of valuable learning opportunities designed to help you enjoy and make the most of your time abroad.

You will also learn a great deal about the Chicago or San Francisco area and gain important background knowledge to help you better understand and appreciate the American way of life. Topics include:

  • Culture shock
  • Diversity
  • Conflict resolution
  • S. history and politics
  • S. customs and traditions
  • And much more!

Course Descriptions

Make a Difference 

You will identify personal learning goals for your international experience and complete related projects and activities. You will also interact directly in American life by participating in community-based learning experiences in Chicago or San Francisco and within the communities where you live. In addition, you will learn strategies for resolving conflicts you may encounter while living abroad. This will help you better understand culture shock and how it can affect you both in the U.S. and when returning home. Finally, you will learn about and experience the rich cultural diversity inherent in U.S. communities, with a specific focus on the city you choose.

Discover Chicago or San Francisco

In addition to gaining a greater understanding of the United States and the area you have chosen, 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. customs, rituals, celebrations, and important holidays while also learning about exciting events in U.S. history. Through various field trips and activities, you will be able to explore many of the important historical sites that you’ve learned about in class.

Explore Our Environment

This special 6-day edition of our Explore Our Environment course will give you a chance to explore the Big Island of Hawaii while learning about the geography, ecology, topography, and cultural aspects of Hawaii. Course hours will include a fun and engaging combination of classes and discussions, field trips, national park visits, and tours.

Contact

For complete program details, including dates, pricing, and to register, go to www.aupairclasses.org.

For information about courses in specific cities, contact the APW Program Coordinators listed below.

Chicago: contact Tina Rychalsky, by email (preferred) or phone.
Email: apw.chicago@uclaextension.edu
Phone: 617-777-5085

Hawaii: contact Kelli Dougal, by email (preferred) or by phone.
Email: info@aupairclasses.org
Phone: 385-355-4674

L.A.: contact Savannah Benefield, by email (preferred) or by phone.
Email: apw.la@uclaextension.edu
Phone: 619-354-5299

New York City: contact Kelli Dougal, by email (preferred) or by phone.
Email: apw.nyc@uclaextension.edu
Phone: 385-355-4674

San Francisco: contact Mary Ann McFarland, by email (preferred) or by phone.
Email: sanfrancisco@aupairclasses.org
Phone: 385-419-1629