Learn more about au pair education in Colorado and weekend class options

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The Education Component for Au Pairs

The U.S. Department of State requires that all au pairs must complete 6 credits (or its equivalent if it is a non-credit course 72-90 hours) at an accredited post-secondary institution over the course of their year. Host families are responsible for contributing up to $500 of this cost. Host families are also responsible for facilitating enrollment, providing time off and transportation, (cost of gas, Uber expense, parking fee’s) so that their au pair can attend these courses.

Here is a list of popular options available to au pairs in the Denver Metro Area AND the WEEKEND  COURSES


South Campus Class Schedule,

5660 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
PHONE: 303-721-1313
Metro South is located near I-25 and Orchard Rd.,

Offers fully accredited MSU Denver classes at convenient evening and Saturday times. Office hours for Metro South are 9:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m., (M-R), 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., (F). Call 303-721-1313 for Saturday hours. Parking is free.

Are you interested in auditing a class?

Are you interested in taking a course for fun?  No exams?  No homework?  Just a chance to learn about something that interests you?

In that case, you may be interested in auditing a course.  Auditing a college course involves almost everything required when taking a college class for credit; however, you are not evaluated for class participation, you do not need to complete all of the assignments, you do not receive a final grade, and no academic record is maintained. Courses may be audited without credit with the consent of the instructor and if seats are available. See the MSU Denver South Campus complete course schedule,  South Campus Class Schedule

Once you have found a course, complete the Audit/No Credit Registration Form, take it with you the first night of class to request permission from the instructor to audit the class.  Once they agree and sign off on the form, proceed to our Student Information Desk, Room LL06, for payment.  Once paid, you may go back to class and the instructor will be notified that you have completed the process to audit the class.  At the end of the semester (or class if accelerated), you will receive a Certificate of Acknowledgement signed by the instructor.

HOW TO AUDIT A COURSE Students may audit a class with the permission of the instructor and if seating is available. Academic credit is not awarded for an audited course and no academic record is maintained. Students may audit a course at MSU Denver South Campus by completing the Audit Approval Form on page 25 and submitting the form. The cost is $95 per credit hour. For more information visit our website at msudenver.edu/ innovative-lifelong-learning/audit a course or contact the MSU Denver South Campus at 303-721-1313.

Course audits are also available on MSU Denver’s Main Campus.  for more information, visit the Office of the Registrar.  Please note:  The cost for a course audit on the Main campus differs from course audits offered on the South Campus.


Emily Griffith Campus
1860 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203

Call 720-423-4750 or email [email protected] Griffith.edu for more info.  our prices and schedule of English language classes.

(720) 423-4700, Main Line

To register, go to the English School on the 4th Floor (Office 426) at 1860 Lincoln St. in downtown Denver to take a free assessment test and to enroll.  We provide equal tuition for all paying students.  There are NO in-state or out-of-state tuition rates.  Everyone pays the same price whether you are a resident of Colorado or not.

General Schedule Info:

Registration Hours

  • 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
  • 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday
  • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday

*Class schedule/Saturday classes now available

  • Day and evening classes are 8 weeks
  • Day classes are scheduled Monday through Friday
  • Evening classes take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • The price you pay is for the full 8-week term

Registration begins approximately 4 weeks before the start of term.

The University of Denver

University of Denver English Language Center
1958 S Josephine St.
Denver, CO 80208

https://www.du.edu/elc/au-pair  – REGISTER 

Au Pair Language and Culture Classes

Our Au Pair Language and Culture classes are designed specifically to meet the J-1 Educational Requirements for Au Pairs in the United States.

We are currently offering 4 courses. Each course comprises 36 total hours of instruction and activities.

Au Pairs can take 2 courses to meet the 72 hours required for the J-1 visa. Register today!


In this course, you will learn to communicate clearly and effectively in English through the use of authentic digital communication sources, such as magazines, blogs, and podcasts. You will analyze, review, and practice advanced grammar structures, as well as a variety of vocabulary, through engaging individual and group activities integrating writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. The course culminates in a student-created online blog showcasing your abilities to use language authentically.


This course focuses on goal setting, planning, and preparation for what you want to do after you finish your time as an Au Pair. In a small group setting, you will be guided by your instructor as you explore your future options, make a plan, and set steps into motion. This can include applying to university, preparing a resume, looking for a job, and more! At the end of the course, you will demonstrate what you have learned with a special project that you can take with you as you prepare for your next adventure.


In this course, you will explore U.S. culture through the lens of your smartphone. During the course, you will visit special sites around the Denver area as you learn more about the history and culture of one of the top-ranked cities in the country. You will capture striking images that tell a story while also writing short narratives to accompany your images. Your final project will conclude with a digital portfolio that shows not only your artistic eye, but also what you have learned. This course will help improve your writing and increase your English language competency.


In this course, students will explore the culture of food both in Denver and around the world! Each week, you will dive into the history, production, and enjoyment of food through a variety of lectures, activities, and cooking demonstrations. Grow your understanding of where food comes from, how to make it, and of course, enjoy trying lots of new dishes! Students will demonstrate their knowledge by developing a menu, cooking a dish and inviting friends and community members for a shared feast.


In this weekend-long course, you will be fully immersed in Denver’s art scene through visits to the city’s famous art museums, art districts, concert venues, and theaters. Knowledgeable instructors will be your guide in your exploration of Denver’s creative culture, tailoring the experience to your individual interests. You will put your English language skills to work in your interactions with classmates, instructors, and museum docents. English will also be used to describe and share opinions on art both orally and in writing. Throughout the weekend, instructors will provide you with targeted feedback to help you improve the accuracy of your use of the English language. Join us for an unforgettable weekend in Denver!

The Community College of Aurora 

Aurora Language Center (Community College of Aurora):
 Brannon Saffron

Program Director, Community ESL Programs

Community College of Aurora

[email protected]


The International Student Advisor can be reached by phone at (303) 340-7508 or by e-mail at [email protected].

CentreTech Campus

Community College of Aurora
16000 East CentreTech Parkway
Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036
Campus video tour

Lowry Campus

Community College of Aurora
710 Alton Way
Denver, Colorado 80230
Campus video tour

The Community ESL Program

The Community ESL Program offers classes year-round. We have four 10-week terms per year, with terms that start in January, April, July, and October. Click on the links below for information about our different classes.

ESL classes, all levels, information in English: click here

ESL classes, all levels, information in Spanish: click here

American Language & Culture classes for advanced ESL students and au pairs, information in English: click here

Grammar & Writing Bridge class for advanced ESL students, information in English: click here

Speaking & Pronunciation Bridge class for advanced ESL students, information in English: click here

*Citizenship* classes, information in English: click here

Classes meet Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday, in the morning and evening. Morning classes are 9:30 to 11:30 AM and evening classes are 6:30 to 8:30 PM. We also have Saturday classes available, which meet on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The *free* conversation and computer classes meet for 8 weeks (the second week of class through the ninth week of class), Monday through Thursday, 11:35 AM to 12:35 PM and 5:15 to 6:15 PM, and Saturday, 1:05 to 2:05 PM. Students that are enrolled in the program may go to any of these classes.

For specific dates and class schedules, click on the links above, or contact the Community ESL Department.

Colorado School of English  


331 14th Street, #300

Denver, CO 80202

(Downtown Denver at 14th Street & Tremont Place)

(720) 932-8900

Au Pairs must first take the Placement Test before registering for classes.  $25 initial Application fee. Start any Monday! Placement testing is offered Monday – Thursday from 9:30 – 3:30 pm and on Friday 9:30 -1:00 pm. 

Au Pairs can take these classes at their own pace her own pace or fast track. 

Taking English classes 4 nights a week, (Monday – Thursday) – 6:30 – 8:30 pm – will complete 1.5 credits in 1.5 weeks. 

Taking English classes 2 nights a week – 6:30 -8:30 pm – will complete 1 credit in 3 weeks – Total of  3 credits completed in 9 weeks 

$480 per term (4 weeks) –

Evening Program
Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 to 8:30 PM: $130 per term  – English Review

Monday and Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30 PM: $130 per term  –  TOEFL preparation

Day Program
One class a day (Monday to Thursday): $380 per term (4 weeks)
Two classes a day (Monday to Thursday): $760 per term (4 weeks)

Au Pair Students can schedule their credits the way they wish with our day or evening program, buy 6 credits for $480 and complete them the way you want when you are available

You have also the option to buy one credit for $100 and complete it within 3 weeks (evening) or 4 weeks (day)

Day Program: Monday to Thursday – Level test & Activities on Fridays

Writing  &Reading 9:30 AM – 10:55 AM
Grammar 11:05 AM – 12:30 PM
Speaking  & Listening 1:05 PM – 2:30 PM

Bridge English 


225 East 16th Ave. Suite 120

Denver, CO. 80203

https://bridgeenglish.com/Live-Learn-English – ALL CLASSES ARE ON SATURDAYS 9-3 PM

Item Hours Tuition
1 Course 36 hours $225
2 Courses 72 hours $450


Arapahoe Community College 

Programs Tailored to You – (Au Pairs can sign up to take courses in the workforce and community programs.)

  • Develop your workforce talent, improve your professional skills, and explore new hobbies and interests through ACC’s varied Workforce and Community Programs. No matter your age or interest, we have the program for you!

Au Pair Education

If you are an Au Pair in need of education hours, ACC offers several courses that may be of interest to you. Contact our office for more information at 303.797.5981.

Littleton – 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80120-1801

Main Contact: Kelly LoCascio – 303-797-5981

Orientation Session

All new students must attend an orientation session before registering for classes. This session will consist of a placement assessment and an overview of the English as a Second Language program at ACC.

English as a Second Language classes are 10 weeks. Classes are held two days a week for two-hour sessions.

Step 1: English Placement Test: It will take about 45 minutes (Room A 1215) Call to schedule an ESL placement test @ 303.797.5722.

AuPair Weekend CLASSES


BENEFITS TO THE WEEKEND COURSE OPTION: Can receive 3 or 6 credits per weekend depending on the weekend you choose to attend! 

CREDIT HOURS ARE CHANGING! Beginning in August 2019, APW courses will provide the following educational hours: 

36 hours for 3-day single courses

60 or 72 hours for 4-day combo courses

72 hours for double weekends

These will be the only options for certification letters, beginning in August. See Questions and Policies for more information. (These hours are already in place for LA and NYC.)

All of our courses are offered through accredited institutions of higher education. It’s easy to earn all of the educational hours required for one year by completing one or two of our weekend classes!

Weekend courses are the perfect solution for working au pairs. We pack a lot into our courses so you can earn your hours in a short period of time. We also make it possible to take a course that fits into an au pair budget better than most schools.



Alliant International University (San Diego and San Francisco)
No lodging available.
Tuition for Class A only is $295. Tuition for the Class A and B combo is $500.
Students can earn up to 45 hours for a one-weekend class. Students can earn up to 90 hours for the 2-weekend combo class.


The University of Colorado Boulder, International English Center (Boulder, CO)

Lodging available at extra cost.

Tuition is $450 for 3 credits or 36 hours.

3 meals are included in the cost.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Year-round Start Dates, 8-week Courses & Weekend Intensive Courses

8-week Courses: 4.5 Hours/Week, 36 Hours/Course

Weekend Intensive Courses: 36 Hours/Course

 Intermediate to Advanced Levels, CEFR B1-C2


 J-1 from a Sponsoring Au Pair Agency

The Au Pair Language & Culture Program is designed specifically for au pairs. 8-week and Weekend Intensive courses provide 36 hours of instruction. Au pairs can take 2 courses to meet the 72 hours required for a J-1 visa. Courses are designed for intermediate to advanced level speakers of English.

  • Explore cultural and historical sites
  • Engage with other au pairs
  • Polish your writing, reading, listening, speaking, grammar, pronunciation, and presentation skills
  • Expand your academic and professional knowledge
  • Collaborate on projects and presentations
  • Gain confidence communicating in English
  • Develop international social and professional networks

Silver BayEast Coast
Programs have limited space, so au pairs are encouraged to enroll well in advance of the weekend they would like to attend.

Learning Across America courses are offered by The Borough of Manhattan Community College are made up of both on-site learning and a related tour. The Borough of Manhattan Community College offers Learning Across America courses at the following locations: Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. Please note that not all courses are offered at each of the locations listed above.)

Contact:  212-665-2742  with any questions you may have regarding their Learning Across America courses.

LADO INTERNATIONAL – Intensive English program


Jennifer Morrow – Childcare Consultant  





Sunday, 25 November 2018 7:31 PM


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