Paris, France


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.

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. This deadline is 5:00pm on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019.
  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 on the OIE website. Late applications will not be considered.

The Willamette University French and Francophone Studies Department will make nominations 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. 


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.

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