This program is offered through CUPA (Center for University Programs Abroad), a program provider which supports 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. CUPA is considered a competitive placement. All applicants are encouraged to consider a secondary option. Talk with an OIE Advisor if you are interested in this program.  See our Explore All Programs page for other French language programs. Minimum GPA required by host program: 3.0 GPA.


Find CUPA program classes: (Classes are called "Courses")

All studies are conducted in French and are suitable for independent students with well developed French language ability. Students should be committed to being fully immersed in the culture and language in studies and in their living situation. Through CUPA, students enroll in courses at Parisian universities and have the option of enrolling in courses at the CUPA center as well.


Students have the option of homestay or making their own living arrangements. For independent living arrangements, students are completely responsible for finding housing, making a lease, and making payment directly to the landlord.


The CUPA program is available during both the fall and spring semesters. Fall semester starts early September and ends in late December; 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.

Pre-Departure Resources

Willamette University

Office of International Education

Global Learning Center
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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