I think my most valuable experience was seeing the differences between education in the universities I attended here and Bard which, in retrospect, will certainly allow me to gain more from my final year of undergraduate education and beyond.
– Michael Brodek, Bard College
With ongoing academic advising and support, students are directly matriculated in Parisian Universities, certain Grandes Écoles and Institutes, and may also take optional in-house courses. CUPA students have the freedom to curate their curricula from an extensive body of course offerings available at our many partner institutions. They may also engage in independent study projects, if approved by their home university, or develop a more specialized program of study.
Aware of the differences between American and French academic institutions, both in terms of methodology and administration, CUPA serves as an important liaison between students and their professors in Paris. During every step of the academic process, from selecting courses to implementing a study project to obtaining final credit approval, 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 interests, and strengths. Students generally take four courses per semester, each carrying a credit recommendation for a full semester.