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Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA)
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: French Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA)

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 
  • CUPA application deadline: October 15, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
CUPA provides personalized methodology, language mentoring, and extensive academic, cultural and personal resources for students with advanced French language skills in Paris. Students will take courses across several well-renowned French universities, and the language pledge and homestay experience will allow students for deeper growth both in their language skills and cultural competency. 

In the unique, multicultural background of Paris, the CUPA program approaches studying abroad as an on-going and evolving immersion process requiring active commitment from motivated students. The experience is enhanced by CUPA's personalized methodology and language mentoring and by the extensive academic, cultural, and personal resources provided to its students. A mutually demanding and rewarding relationship exists between CUPA and its participants, based on interaction, dedication, and individual advising, and common values of respect, responsibility, and independence. A language pledge is signed by all participants for the duration of the program, requiring them to speak only in French at CUPA, during all program-sponsored activities, and in their homestays.

The Universities

Students may take courses in a variety of Parisian universities to satisfy their Princeton course requirements. Students are matriculated in Grandes Écoles and learn alongside French students as well as other international students taking advantage of these top universities. To view the list of universities affiliated with CUPA, please view the academic opportunities on their website. 

The Setting

The CUPA center is located on Rue Vavin, just a few minutes walk from the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. Homestays are located all throughout the city, and because students have the opportunity to take courses at multiple universities, the entire city of Paris becomes one's campus. Students may take courses at various faculties at the Sorbonne, which is located in central Paris, or as far as Saint Dennis (Paris 8), which is located to the north of the city center. CUPA provides students with a public transportation pass for unlimited travel within Paris and Ile-de-France, which is included in the program fee. 



Each student will work with a CUPA advisor to select courses across multiple universities to suit a wide range of academic interests. Academic areas include History, Art History, Film, Literature, Geography, and International Relations; an increasing number of STEM students are also participating in the CUPA program. Students typically enroll in four courses for the semester for 16 U.S. credits, which is the equivalent of four Princeton credits. CUPA's ongoing methodology and language support assist students with both adjusting to the French university system and developing their French language skills. 
You can learn more about course selection on CUPA’s website


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad, and students must have taken at least up to French 107 at Princeton or the equivalent (207 preferred). Students must be prepared to take all of the courses in French. 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.      

Academic Calendar

The fall semester typically runs from early September to late December.
The spring semester typically runs from early January to mid-May. 

For up-to-date program dates, please visit CUPA's website


Living with a carefully selected host family affords students the opportunity to develop close relationships with locals, utilize their French language skills, and be immersed in French culture. Please note that Princeton students are required to live in CUPA-sponsored accommodations; independent housing is not permitted. For more information on housing, please visit the housing section of the CUPA website. 

Student Life

There are many opportunities for students to get out and integrate into the community. Students can take advantage of extracurricular activities, CUPA programming, as well as independent cultural integration projects.  Learn more about CUPA’s cultural offerings on their website.  

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. Students who do not receive financial aid will pay all costs and fees associated with the program directly to CUPA. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     
For estimated program costs, please click on the budget sheet at the top of this brochure. 

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    

All students wishing to pursue studies in France for more than 90 days must first register with Campus France first to obtain a student visa. After that time, students will complete an online application and then schedule an in-person for one of the VFS Global Centers in the U.S, only after receiving an official acceptance letter from CUPA. The visa cannot be issued once you are in France. Please schedule your appointment as early as possible but within 60 days before departure to France. You may not apply more than 90 days prior to your departure. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines. 
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines. 


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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