Au Pair Weekend Courses

Explore your artistic talents and discover the rich history of St. Augustine while fulfilling the education requirements for your J-1 au pair visa.

Au Pair Group in front of Flagler College

Our immersive weekend program meets on the beautiful campus of Flagler College, located in historic downtown St. Augustine. You can create and learn while you meet the U.S. Department of State au pair education requirements for J-1 visas.

The course is 36 or 72 hours (36 in-person and 36 online) and includes classes, workshops, and tours with local artists, docents, guides, and instructors. You will engage with St. Augustine’s rich history on walking tours and visits to cultural sites while discussing important topics with instructors and other au pairs.  Be prepared to create your own art and enhance your photography skills with local artists!

While your home base will be the Flagler College campus, our classroom will be the ancient city of St. Augustine.  Students will also enjoy one fun-filled morning at the beach!

Registration for the "Old and New St. Augustine: History and the Arts" fall course is from June 24 through August 16, 2024. The course runs the weekend of Oct. 25-27.

"Old and New St. Augustine: History and the Arts"

Nights of Lights at Ponce
Winter Course Dates
  • Friday, Jan. 26, 2024
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024
  • Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024
Looking at the campus towers through tree foliage
Spring Course Dates
  • Friday, April 19, 2024
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024
  • Sunday, April 21, 2024
An exterior shot of Ponce de Leon Hall
Fall Course Dates
  • Friday, October 25, 2024
  • Saturday, October 26, 2024
  • Sunday, October 27, 2024
Flagler College Rotunda Wide Angle View

Course Times

  • Friday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (11 hours)
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (13 hours)
  • Sunday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (12 hours)

Check-in is from 10 to 11:00 a.m. Friday at Flagler College's Pollard Hall, 31 Cordova St., St. Augustine, Fla. 32084.

Meet Your Instructor

Shelly Haser


Shelly Haser has had a long career as a higher education faculty member, department administrator, and program coordinator. Currently, Dr. Haser is the Director of Flagler College Lifelong Learning Institute in St. Augustine, FL. Her passion is offering engaging and enriching educational experiences to all types of students and learners and highly values immersive cultural, travel, and abroad experiences. Her background includes an unforgettable year as an au-pair in Zurich, Switzerland, with a German/Swiss family which she credits with shaping her path as an educator.

The course costs $695. It includes eight meals, all tours, entrance fees, guides/docents, art material, and a 3-day campus parking pass. Housing and transportation are not included. You will not earn college credit.

You must attend all three days of the course successfully complete the au pair education requirements to earn the course completion certificate from Flagler College. The course requires one pre-weekend assignment, a pre-weekend Zoom meeting, and post-weekend assignments. 

For questions or registration information contact Dr. Shelly Haser ( or Christine Rodenbaugh ( or call 904.819.6263