CUPA offers a limited number of awards each semester to exceptionally motivated students participating in CUPA programs. These awards are to help the recipients finance special projects related to their year, semester or summer in France, and are awarded in the following categories:
- Academic Project: an academic project directly related to research or work pursued in the student’s area of study and which demonstrates a significant potential for increased cultural immersion.
- Personal Project: a project that may not be directly related to the student’s area of study but that demonstrates a significant potential for increased cultural immersion.
- Travel Grant: awarded to students who demonstrate a compelling motive to explore an aspect of French culture which would not normally be covered in the CUPA program fee.
At the end of the program, students are required to write an overview, in French, of how they used their award money and how it enhanced their experience.