A unique approach to study
abroad in Paris for advanced
students.

What sets us apart

Our French Language Center

Even for advanced students of French, the path to fluency can feel daunting. CUPA’s French Language Center makes that process compelling and engaging by providing students with the tools to take ownership of their progress.

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A Strong Orientation Program

The intensive Orientation program provides an introduction to French methodology and the French academic mindset, while giving students a head start on advancing their linguistic skills in the immersion context. Meetings on practical matters, housing, safety and cultural life also take place during Orientation, as well as activities within and outside of Paris.

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Methodology Support

Because the French educational system is very different from what American students are used to, CUPA provides Methodology Support throughout the semester. This includes an intensive pre-session course, in addition to regular contact hours once the academic year begins.

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Individualized Advising

During every step of the academic process, CUPA works closely with students to ensure a rich intellectual experience that is in keeping with their home university’s requirements. Advising takes into account the student’s level of fluency, academic background, special interest and strengths.

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Dynamic Student Body

The CUPA program’s high standards are consistent with the outstanding caliber of its student body. Applicants are selected according to their individual profiles and French language skills, and form a community of diverse, talented and motivated individuals. They are well-prepared intellectually and linguistically and seek an in-depth experience as well as a high-quality academic program during their semester, year, or summer in Paris.

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Internships and Independent Research

In addition to having access to a wealth of academic choices through the program’s numerous affiliations with institutions of higher education in Paris, CUPA strongly encourages students to seek out opportunities in experiential learning, in the form of an internship or an independent research project.

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A day in the life of Keval Gala

To fully immerse himself, Keval went beyond learning about postcolonial francophone authors in the classroom and sought out other resources to better understand the nuances of French culture. Between his meetings with Esther, CUPA's French Language T.A., and meeting with a French...
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Caleb Codding

A day in the life of Caleb Codding

I do not want to write about just one day in my Parisian life because even that would take ages, with every moment stretched out like they were for me. I do want to convey just how meaningful those moments were to...
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Alex Corey on rue Montorgeuil

Alexandra Corey's Summer in Paris

One of the benefits of choosing CUPA is the opportunity to conduct independent research in addition to regular coursework. During the summer of 2014, Alexandra Corey took advantage of her time in Paris to conduct work on her thesis by taking advantage...
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