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AU Pair Weekend

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 educational hours by attending this Au Pair Weekend course and completing pre- and post-assignments as necessary.

(Contact your au pair agency to determine their specific requirements regarding hours and credits.)

Contact Information

For complete program details, including exact dates, pricing, and to register, please see

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

Course Descriptions

Make A Difference

Students will identify personal learning goals for their international experience and complete projects and activities that help them to realize these goals. They will interact directly in American life by participating in community-based learning experiences in the city where the class is held and within their own local communities where they live. In addition, students will examine their conflict resolution styles and learn strategies for more effectively resolving conflicts they will encounter while living abroad. They will better understand culture shock and how it can affect them both in the US and when returning home. Finally, students will learn about and experience the rich cultural diversity inherent in US communities, with a specific focus on the state where the course is held.

Discover Salt Lake City

Students’ primary learning objective includes gaining a greater understanding of the United States and the state of Utah and the Rocky Mountain region sometimes referred to as “the Wild West.” Students will have the opportunity to share their home country’s culture with one another and their American student peers, and to compare it to key aspects of American life. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of US customs, rituals, celebrations, and important holidays while also learning about exciting events in US history and current political issues in the US. Students will also have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the state and region in which the course is held and explore many of the important historical, political, and cultural sites that they learn about in class.


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.

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.