Program Course Descriptions

The Experience America program includes two courses, which are described below.

Make a Difference – 3-day Weekend

You will identify personal learning goals for your international experience and complete related projects and activities. You will also interact directly in American life by participating in community-based learning experiences in Boston and within the communities where you live. In addition, you will learn strategies for resolving conflicts you may encounter while living abroad. This will help you better understand culture shock and how it can affect you both in the U.S. and when returning home. Finally, you will learn about and experience the rich cultural diversity inherent in U.S. communities, with a specific focus on Boston.

Cost: $295 tuition + $10 registration fee + $50 materials/activities fee
Credits: Earn up to 45 educational hours (the equivalent of 3 credits)*


Discover Boston – 3-day Weekend

In addition to gaining a greater understanding of the United States and the Boston 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. customs, rituals, celebrations, and important holidays while also learning about exciting events in U.S. history, many of which took place in Boston. Through various fieldtrips and activities, you will be able to explore and learn about many of the important historical sites that you’ve studied about in class.

Cost: $295 tuition + $10 registration fee + $50 materials/activity fee
Credits: Earn up to 45 educational hours (the equivalent of 3 credits)*


Save by registering for two 3-day Weekends together

Save on tuition and fees by registering for Make a Difference and Discover Boston at the same, but on different weekends.
Cost: $500 tuition + $15 registration fee + $100 materials/activity fee
Credits: Earn up to 90 educational hours (the equivalent of 6 credits)

Both courses include pre-assignments and follow-up work. If you do not require the maximum number of hours, you do not have to complete all of the follow-up work. Tuition and fees, however, remain the same regardless of the hours you earn.
*Contact your au pair agency for information on hours and credit requirements, as they vary with different agencies.

Travel and accommodations are not included in course costs.