Important Information about your Educational Component

Important Information about the Educational Component of your year as an au pair!

Credits vs. Classroom Hours

The educational component can be fulfilled by earning 6 credits at an accredited post-secondary institution. For non-credit classes, au pairs should use the guideline that 72-90 hours is the equivalent of 6 credits.  It is important to note that in order for a credit or non-credit class to count, it MUST be offered by an accredited post-secondary institution.

Auditing Courses

Cultural Care has been informed by the Department of State that au pairs may audit courses at accredited post-secondary institutions.  Au pairs can audit credit classes and fulfill the requirement by completing coursework for classes that are worth 6 credits.  As this is a very cost-effective way for au pairs to complete the educational component requirement, we encourage you to present this as an option to your au pairs and host families.

Education Requirement for EXTENSION Au Pairs

Extension au pairs are required to submit documentation from their school in order to extend 6, 9, or 12 months.  Along with the extension application, au pairs need to provide a document to prove that s/he has completed the requirement. Cultural Care Au Pair will accept any of the following as verification:

¡       Certificate of completion from an accredited post-secondary educational institution

¡       Official school transcript

¡       Letter from the institution (on letterhead) confirming the au pair’s participation in an approved program or class.

These documents can be sent to the attention of the Extension Program via fax or as an email attachment: 

Fax: 617 619 1101

Email: extend@culturalcare.com

Please note that NO extension requests will be made to the Department of State until this documentation is RECEIVED by Cultural Care Au Pair.

If an au pair wishes to extend but has not completed the educational component by the extension deadline, s/he must submit proof from the school that s/he is enrolled in a course which will be completed by the last day of his/her 12th month. Once the course is complete, the au pair must submit a school certificate or transcript to Cultural Care, and then Cultural Care will send the new DS-2019 form reflecting the au pair’s extension dates to the au pair. 

Important additional information as of 9/7/06:

 

In light of some recent confusion, I’d like to clarify a few aspects of the educational component and what can and cannot fulfill the requirements:

 

Auditing Courses

Cultural Care has been informed by the Department of State that au pairs may audit courses at accredited post-secondary institutions.  Au pairs can audit credit classes and fulfill the requirement by completing coursework for classes that are worth 6 credits.  This is often a very cost-effective option, although not every institution offers a discount for audited classes.

 

Non-Credit Courses and Credits vs. Classroom Hours

The educational component can be fulfilled by earning 6 credits at an accredited post-secondary institution or by taking 72-90 hours of a non-credit class. For non-credit classes, au pairs should use the guideline that 72-90 hours is the equivalent of 6 credits.  It is important to note that in order for a credit or non-credit class to count, it MUST be offered by an accredited post-secondary institution.

 

If a college assigns credits to a class, Cultural Care always uses the college’s standard. For example, if a college assigns 4 credits to an 80 hour class, the au pair only earns the 4 credits; s/he cannot use the 72-90 hour guideline to overrule the college’s determination of credits earned.

If you have any questions on the educational component and whether a class or school is appropriate, please check with our RM Jenna Rioux.

 

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English to French Translator & Interpreter; blogging at lemotdubonjour.com about a French word of the day, the challenges of interpreting and translating, and my adventures in Oregon!
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