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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On Time Travel

Since his time at CUPA, Ryohei Ozaki has continued to travel the world and reflect on life's deepest questions. His essay, "On Time Travel", explores how different cultures, travel, and our experiences shape not only our understanding of the world but also...
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Isidore Bethel, CUPA Alumnus

Featured alumnus: Isidore Bethel

Following his semester at CUPA and his graduation from Harvard, Isidore Bethel came back to France to pursue his graduate studies. Since then he has started a successful career in cinema and has produced and directed multiple critically acclaimed feature documentary films.
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A day in the life of Gaëlle Pierre-Louis

During her semester in Paris, Gaëlle took full advantage of the academic opportunities offered by CUPA. In addition to her CUPA art history course, her private piano lessons, and her courses at the Sorbonne, she found time to participate in a theater...
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