Learning Local

earn educational credit + travel

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Learn in your neighborhood then travel!  The Learning Local program offered by Borough of Manhattan Community College allows you to attend class locally and then participate in a Cultural Hi-Ways tour to the destination you’re studying, the cost of which is included in the tuition price.  Choosing this option you have the entire tour weekend to explore destinations like Montreal, Niagara Falls and Washington, DC.

What’s included in the course?

  • Fun and informative classroom sessions designed to introduce you to the city you’ll visit as you learn about its history, culture and attractions.

  • All costs associated with the class (there are no additional material or activity fees!).

  • A Cultural Hi-Ways tour (round trip transportation included) to the destination you’re studying. (Please visit the Cultural Hi-Ways website to see what’s included in your specific tour.)

  • Depending on the course you choose, you’ll earn either 32 or 40 hours of credit when you successfully complete the course.

How you'll learn.  You’ll attend 2 or 3 all-day Sunday classes (a few courses might include a Saturday class) in your local area.  Classes typically start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.  Then, at a later date, you'll participate in a tour to the destination you studied.

How many credits will you earn?  You’ll earn either 32 or 40 hours of credit depending on the course you choose.  Please click here for more information.

Where are courses held?  Learning Local classes take place in Chicago, Connecticut (Fairfield), New Jersey (Morristown), New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

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Learning Express

travel + learn on a weekend getaway
to a great American city!

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The Learning Express program offered by Borough of Manhattan Community College provides you the opportunity to study, explore and earn educational credits all in the same long weekend in amazing cities like Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What’s included in the course?

  • Fun and informative classroom sessions designed to introduce you to the city where you’ll attend class as you learn about its history, culture and attractions.

  • To deepen your learning experience, you’ll visit some of the city’s more famous sites/attractions along with your teacher.

  • All costs associated with the class (there are no additional material or activity fees!).

  • You’ll earn 36 hours of credit when you successfully complete the course.

  • (Some Learning Express courses also offer accommodations.)

How you'll learn.  You'll attend all class sessions over one long weekend. Classes take place on a college campus in the destination you're studying and your learning experience will extend beyond the classroom as you visit famous sites along with your teacher.

How many credits will you earn?  Once you complete your course you'll earn 36 hours of credit.

Where are courses held?  Learning Express classes take place in a variety of cities.  Please click the link below for all the details.


Fun Weekend Getaways!

(no educational credit)

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If you're not looking to earn educational credit but would simply love to enjoy a fun weekend in an amazing destination then Cultural Hi-Ways is your answer!

Since 1990, Cultural Hi-Ways has introduced thousands of au pairs to many of America and Canada's "must see" cities and sights.  Our tours are budget-friendly and feature first-rate accommodations in quality hotels centrally located in each destination.

Our tours feature travel to popular destinations like Boston, Chicago, Montreal, New Orleans, Niagara Falls and Washington, DC.

I have used several tour companies to travel in the States, but I know that with Cultural Hi-Ways things always are the way they are advertised. I never have to double-check details and there are never any hidden costs.
— Michelle (an au pair from South Africa)

Learning Local: Class Locations