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Degree Programs

Au Pair Language and Culture Classes

Are you an Au Pair in Colorado? We offer a variety of Au Pair language and culture classes to help meet your interests.

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

For privacy and immigration regulations, Au Pairs must register for a course in their own name.

Au Pairs must be at least 18 years of age to register.

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Real World Communication

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.

*As of January 11, 2020, we are no longer registering students for the Real World Communication course. We will offer this course again in 2021*




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.

  • Course dates: March 28, 2020 - May 16, 2020
  • Course schedule: Saturdays, 9:00am - 1:30pm
  • Course location: University of Denver campus
  • Cost: $375

*As of March 16, 2020, this course has been cancelled. If you registered for this course, you will be issued a full refund.*



Strategies for Success

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.

  • Course dates: June 22, 2020 - July 29, 2020
  • Course schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Course location: University of Denver campus
  • Cost: $300

*As of April 15, 2020, a decision will be made in the coming weeks about whether this class will be in person or online due to the changing COVID-19 situation. If you have registered for this course, we will contact you by email. If you have questions about this course being in-person or online, please email us at*

*As of May 4, 2020, the university will be offering all summer courses online.



Visual discoveries

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.

  • Course dates: September 19, 2020 - November 7, 2020
  • Course schedule: Saturdays, 9:00am - 1:30pm
  • Course location: University of Denver campus
  • Cost: $360



Denver Weekend Experience: The Art Scene

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!

  • Course dates: October 2, 2020 - October 4, 2020
  • Course schedule: October 2nd: 2pm - 10pm , October 3rd: 9am - 10pm, October 4th: 9am - 3pm
  • Course location: University of Denver campus
  • Cost: $400



Contact us if you have any questions about our courses.