Apply to CUPA Immersion

Application Procedure

CUPA Immersion

Applications are considered for acceptance as they are received. Applying early is highly recommended. Late applications will be considered if space allows.

May 1:  EXTENDED deadline for fall semester and full-year applicants

October 15: deadline for spring semester applicants

Via our online application form, you will provide us with the information we need to review your candidacy. Fill in this form carefully and completely. Please note that you can save your application while in progress, and return to finish it later.

As part of the online application, you will be asked to submit a variety of additional materials (personal statement, ID photos, etc.). Before starting your application, read through the list below to be aware of what documents you will be asked to provide.

Once you have completed your application, you will be asked to send a $35 application fee
to the following address:

P.O. Box 9611
North Amherst, MA 01059

Application Materials


Required for all applicants


You will be asked to upload a transcript from your current university. We do accept unofficial transcripts as long as they include the following information:

  • Name and address of the school
  • Student’s name
  • Dates of attendance
  • Names of individual courses completed
  • Number of contact hours per week for each course
  • Length of the term
  • Grade or evaluation received for each course
  • Grading scale (i.e., A = Excellent, F = Failure) or a description of the grading system.

If your school is sending your transcript directly to our Admissions Office, you can leave the transcript field blank.

Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:
P.O. Box 9611
North Amherst, MA 01059

Official e-transcripts should be sent to


Required for all applicants


You will be asked to fill out the contact information for three recommenders:

  • Major/Advisor Recommendation
  • French Department Recommendation
  • Study Abroad Office approval

Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to these three individuals with an attached recommendation form that they will fill out and return to us.

Study Proposal

Required for all applicants


An important part of your study abroad experience will be choosing your courses.

Although the final course selection takes place in Paris, this initial study proposal will let us know which requirements you will need to fulfill.

To complete this section of the application, according to the chosen semester, students may use the Fall Former Course  Offerings of Spring Former Course Course Offerings Catalogues. NB: Course offerings are modified from semester to semester, and some courses may have pre-requisites. For this reason, and because scheduling conflicts may arise, students must consider alternate course selections.

Personal Statements

Required for all applicants


You will be asked to submit two essays, one in English stating your goals and expectations for a semester or year with CUPA (500-750 words) and one in French which answers the following question: Décrivez votre rapport à la langue française (premier contact, expériences marquantes, rencontres décisives, frustrations éventuelles…) et l’évolution de votre attitude envers la langue. Quelle place le français pourrait-il occuper dans votre vie future ? (500-750 words)

CUPA Award Essay

Required for applicants applying for a CUPA Award


CUPA offers a limited number of awards and grants each semester to exceptionally motivated students participating in the CUPA program.

To be considered for a CUPA award :
Following the guidelines above, write an essay (minimum 750 words) describing a specific academic or cultural project you would like to pursue during your semester in Paris and explain why funding is important to this project. Provide as much information as possible about your project.

At the end of the semester, students who have received an award or grant are required to write an overview of how they used their award money and how it enhanced their immersion experience.

CUPA Study Abroad

CUPA's flagship immersion program is the perfect choice for advanced students looking for a challenging academic experience in Paris.

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