Paris, France


This program is offered through the organization CUPA (Center for University Programs Abroad) and offers an advanced immersion experience. With ongoing academic advising and support, students are directly matriculated in Parisian Universities, certain Grandes Écoles and specialized institutes, and may also opt for one or two optional in-house courses. Emphasis is on the experience of studying and living in Paris. Up to three, one-semester placements, per academic year will be approved for this program. See the Explore All Programs page for other French language programs.

To apply for the CUPA program you must submit two applications.

  1. The first application is an essay sent via email as an attachment to the French and Francophone Studies Department Chair. Your essay should be about why you are interested in participating in the CUPA program. The French and Francophone Studies Department - CUPA deadline is 5:00pm on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017.
  2. The second application is the Willamette study abroad application submitted fully online. This is the application that all students applying to study abroad on a Willamette program must complete. For more information about the study abroad application process please see our "How to Apply" webpage. The deadline for this application is Tuesday, December 5, 2017.


Students enroll in courses at Parisian universities and have the option of enrolling in courses at the CUPA center as well. All studies are conducted in French. Students should be committed to being fully immersed in the culture and language in studies and in their living situation.


Students have the option of homestay or making their own living arrangements.


The CUPA program is available during both the fall and spring semesters. Fall semester starts mid September and ends in mid January; spring semester starts mid January and concludes at the end of May. A full year program is not an option as a Willamette Sponsored program.


Please see the Willamette Sponsored Programs Cost Matrix for detailed explanation of the cost of each program. If considering the program in Paris talk to an OIE advisor about the French Visa application process during your advising session.

Other Information

This program is available for up to three students for one semester each, per academic year. The Willamette University French and Francophone Studies Department will nominate students for participation according to French and Francophone Studies Department policies. Final approval for study abroad will then be determined by the Off-Campus Studies Committee through the regular Willamette Study Abroad application process.

Information on other French language Willamette Sponsored Study Abroad programs can be found on the Explore All Programs page under France, Angers, Switzerland, and Canada location links.