CUPA Immersion

“I think either just by chance, by some kind of manipulation of reality by perception on my part, or just by the incredibly hard work of the CUPA faculty as well as my peers in the program, I had an incredible time in Paris, and that is in basically every facet of my stay. From my host family, who are incredibly open, interesting, welcoming people, to classes, which have changed my outlook in fundamental ways, to the support and community that CUPA provided, I feel enriched. I look forward to coming back to France.”
– Matthew Marchand, Oberlin College & Conservatory

Language immersion is at the heart of CUPA’s mission. CUPA students take a language placement test upon submission of their application. During their semester or a full academic year, based on their test result, students may take a full load of program-run courses (B1 level required), a combination of program-run and university classes (B2 level required) or a full load of direct-matriculation university classes (B2 level required). If approved by their home university, students may also engage in independent research projects.

The extensive opportunities made available through CUPA, including but not limited to individualized linguistic support, methodology training and cultural activities, facilitate the pursuit of each students’ interests and personal goals.  As all program-sponsored cultural activities are optional, students are free to choose their own level of extracurricular involvement.

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