About CUPA

With over 50 years of experience as an independent study-abroad program in Paris, CUPA has a long tradition in international education.

We pride ourselves on this solid background, but the real strength of our program is our constant desire to innovate and adapt our offerings to the evolving needs of our students. Choosing CUPA means choosing a program that recognizes that each participant has a unique point of view. While some students thrive from being highly independent, others prefer a structured approach to new experiences. We understand these differences and provide students with the level of freedom best suited to their needs. This highly individualized approach is possible because we are committed to academic excellence and the lifelong pursuit of learning.

While French immersion is at the heart of CUPA’s mission, we have expanded our offering to include a variety of programs, ranging from a 6-week in-house summer term to a track in art and design. We also provide our most advanced and motivated students with the tools to pursue individual research, internships, and special curricula. To each new endeavor, we apply the same rigor and expertise that made our immersion program one of the strongest in the field.

Our programs

CUPA Immersion

CUPA’s flagship program is designed to give students an authentic French university experience while providing them with logistical, administrative and personal support thus allowing them to focus on their academic success. CUPA students have the freedom to curate their curricula from an extensive body of course offerings available at our many partner institutions.


CUPA Summer

A stimulating six-week immersion program in Paris providing intensive work in French language, a selection of content courses, exciting co-curricular and extracurricular activities and permanent contact with the French language and culture. CUPA Summer is open to students with previous background in French. Classes are held at the CUPA center, next to the Luxembourg gardens, within walking distance to the Latin Quarter.


Art & Design at PCA

Offered in partnership with Paris College of Art, a NASAD accredited school of art and design, Art & Design at PCA offers students the opportunity to pursue a full-time program of art and design studies in English, supported by art history and liberal studies course offerings, tailored to fit their academic requirements and personal and artistic interests. Students can choose to attend Art & Design at PCA for a single semester or a full academic year.