CUPA Overview

The Program

• The Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA) is an independent organization founded in New York in 1963 as the Center for Overseas Undergraduate Programs (COUP). CUPA has offices in Paris and the United States.

• CUPA specializes in study abroad exclusively in Paris and seeks to bring as genuine an experience as possible to its students. CUPA is located in the heart of Montparnasse, on the Left Bank, close to the Luxembourg Gardens. Students can choose to study in Paris for a semester or the entire academic year, or they may opt for the six-week long summer program (for more details about the Summer program click here)

• A mutually demanding and rewarding relationship, based on interaction, dedication, and individual advising, as well as common values of respect, responsibility, and independence, exists between CUPA and its participants. A language pledge is signed by all participants for the duration of the program: students are required to speak only in French at CUPA, during all program-sponsored activities, and in their homestays. While providing a home base and a comforting structure, CUPA sets itself apart from the majority of the American student community in Paris in that students are directly matriculated, do the same type of work as their French counterparts, and are strongly encouraged to participate in numerous activities in the Parisian context. Click on the link below to view our brochure:

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Services to Colleges and Universities

The Center also offers the experience of its professional staff to colleges and universities that wish to design a program to suit their own policies and the needs of their students.

Participating Colleges and Universities

Over the last five years, CUPA has welcomed students from the following American institutions :

Amherst College
Bard College
Bates College
Baylor University
Bennington College
Bryn Mawr College
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
College of William and Mary
Drew University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
Grand Valley State University
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Macalester College
Oberlin College
Pomona College
Princeton University
Providence College
Reed College
Trinity College
Tufts University
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Villanova University
Virginia Commowealth University
Wellesley College
Willamette University
Williams College
Yale University


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