AU Pair Weekend

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Please email us at or call the APW program coordinator, Mary Ann McFarland, with any questions to 385-419-1629 (email strongly preferred).

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Experience America

Utah Valley University is excited to present the Au Pair Weekend program, ”Experience America,” offered in Orem, Utah. This unique and fascinating program helps you, as an au pair working in the United States, to gain the most from your American experience.

This program can satisfy the U.S. Department of State au pair educational requirement. It is very affordable and can be customized to fit your needs. Earn 60 or 72 hours by attending Au Pair Weekend courses and completing pre- and post-assignments as necessary. (Contact your au pair agency to determine their specific requirements regarding hours and credits.)

Course Descriptions

Make A Difference

Through a fun and interesting combination of classroom discussions, community activities, and student assignments, you will learn important skills for dealing with the cultural and personal challenges that international visitors often face in the U.S. You will have unique opportunities to reflectively look at U.S. cultural perspectives to see how they influence your relationships and communication with others. Certain classes will discuss how to engage and participate in a variety of community experiences. You will also examine the rich cultural diversity of U.S. communities, with a specific focus on Salt Lake City.

Discover Salt Lake City and the U.S.

In addition to gaining a greater understanding of the United States and the Salt Lake City area, 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 field trips and activities, you will be able to explore and further understand the important historical and cultural identity of Salt Lake that you’ve learned about in class.

Course Dates

Our courses are generally offered three times each year, over President’s weekend in February, a long weekend in July, and a long weekend in October. Specific and upcoming dates can be found at


Housing is not provided, but is arranged for students for a fee who attend a weekend course. Housing costs include breakfast and transportation to and from the SLC or Provo airports.

Daily Course Schedules

  • Fridays: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm (check-in from 12:30 – 12:55 pm)
  • Saturdays: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Sundays: 9:00 am 10:00 pm
  • Mondays: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Attendance is mandatory during the times listed above.