International Student Center

​Information for J-1 au pairs

Bergen Community College is the largest community college in New Jersey and is proud to have more than 1000 visa holders representing 71 countries from around the world.  Located just 30 minutes from New York City, Bergen is a great place for international students to learn English and earn an Associate's degree or complete a Certificate.

Bergen Community College offers special rates to au pairs who work for a family living in Bergen County.  Au pairs residing with a Bergen County family will pay the "in county rate," see the Bursar Office for current rates.

Why come to Bergen Community College?

  • Opportunities to meet other au pairs, international and American college/university student
  • Convenient class times to meet your schedule (early morning/afternoons/night time and Saturday)
  • English as a Second Language classes
  • Affordable tuition
  • Small classes
  • Excellent faculty
  • State-of-the-art computer facilities
  • Outstanding academic/certificate programs
  • An International Student Center dedicated to student success
  • An active International Student Association (ISA) Club and Student Life 

Admission Requirements

  • An application (online or paper)
  • Copies of J-1 immigration documents (visa, passport, DS-2019)
  • A letter from the sponsoring au pair agency stating the au pair's name and placement

What is the first step that should be taken?

The first thing you should do if you are an au pair interested in taking classes at BCC is to visit the International Student Center in Room C-102.  You will be able to meet with a staff member who will explain the application process.