“I absolutely love living with a host family! It was my first time, and probably one of my favorite parts of the program. They gave me good cultural outings suggestions, showed us around the neighborhood, cooked delicious and traditional French foods, and occasionally corrected my French. My French definitely improved tremendously just by speaking with my host family, and I never felt afraid to say anything.”
– Clarissa Tan, Yale University

Living abroad is an eye-opening experience that encourages communication and understanding in an increasingly globalized world. Navigating the nuances of and learning about an unfamiliar culture is an important aspect of study abroad that is best approached through close interaction with the host country and locals.

Living with a carefully selected French family is a privileged form of housing that provides students with the opportunity to establish personal relationships, use French intensively and be immersed in French culture and traditions on a daily basis. The homestay is a valuable resource allowing for true integration into a neighborhood, life in Paris, and French culture in general. Students electing this option complete a detailed questionnaire to assist CUPA in assuring a mutually rewarding match between the host family and the student. Students receive breakfast daily and share five evening meals per week with their hosts. The host family also provides towels and bedding, and the student’s laundry will be done once a week.

CUPA’s host families are located throughout Paris and are as diverse as its student body. They are an important resource for navigating the nuances of French culture and for adapting to the city.

If you prefer to make independent living arrangements and if your home university allows you to do so, please contact Tary Coppola in the U.S. office

A view of the streets of Paris

A view of the streets of Paris

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