Eligibility & Admissions
Before applying to CUPA, students must make sure that the program has been approved by their college or university and be familiar with the policies of their school as to credit transfer.
These matters are the sole responsibility of each student.
Students should be undergraduates in good standing at an American college or university, and maintain at least a 3.0 grade average.
They must have a good command of both written and oral French and have successfully completed at least one advanced college-level French course with a grade of B+ or above. Exceptions to these requirements may be granted in special circumstances and upon early request.
Students should carefully consider the challenges involved in taking direct matriculation courses, and be ready to undertake such an adventure.
Students are strongly encouraged to study French during the semester prior to the anticipated semester or year abroad.
Denise Recinos, Georgetown University — CUPA actually exceeded my expectations. I didn’t expect to have all the support that I did like the grammar language meetings and the relectures. I also didn’t expect all of the activities like weekend trips and ateliers.
How to apply
- Step 1. Fill out the online application
- Step 2. If you are having trouble with the online application or you prefer analog, please download and fill out the paper application
- Step 3. Follow up with your references to make sure they have sent us their recommendation forms.
- Step 4. Mail a $35 non-refundable fee to the address below:
CUPA – U.S.A.
P.O. Box 9611
North Amherst, MA 01059
Tel: (413) 549 6960
Fax: (413) 549 5868
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions regarding this application process, please contact us.
Applications (including attachments) must be received by:
- Full Year or Fall semester:
March 15Extended to April 1, 2017
- Spring semester: October 15
- CUPA Summer: April 15
Applications are considered for acceptance as they are received. Applying early is highly recommended. Late applications will be considered if space allows.
Student Visa, Travel Arrangements and Medical Insurance
Students must secure a student visa from a French consulate outside France before their departure and are responsible for understanding the French regulations that apply to them.
Non-US citizens should inquire into the visa requirements that apply to their country.
The Center provides visa application documentation to each student upon acceptance to the program.
Students must be covered by medical insurance during their stay in France. Documentary evidence of insurance is required for the student visa and students must also bring proof of health and liability insurance with them to Paris.
Students who do not have insurance can obtain a one-year student policy. CUPA will provide information upon request.