Students must have completed a minimum of Advanced French II and have a minimum GPA of 3.3 at the time of application. The language of instruction for all courses is French. This is a competitive program. Applicants are highly encouraged to take French the two semesters that precede their term abroad. Applications are due in October for the spring term.
This program is not an appropriate back-up for another Paris-based program.
CUPA (Center for University Programs Abroad) was founded in 1963 to assist American undergraduate students in designing individualized study programs in Paris. Today CUPA has formal agreements with the Universities of Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris IV - Sorbonne, Paris IX-Dauphine and Paris X- Nanterre, the Institut Catholique, as well as with a variety of institutes throughout Paris. In addition, courses are offered at the CUPA Paris Center. The CUPA Paris Center is located in the sixth arrondissement, close to the Luxembourg Gardens and Saint Germain des Près.
Accommodation and Meals
Students are placed with host families selected by the CUPA Paris staff. Students complete a housing questionnaire and their preferences are considered when making housing placements. Breakfasts and dinners are taken with the host families.
Level of Program Support: High.
The program officially runs from late January through the end of May. However, some exams may run through June. Students with June exams are required to remain in Paris until these courses have officially ended. Students may not request early exams in order to facilitate early departure.
Fields of Study and Language of Instruction
Language of Instruction is French.
Fields of study include: Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Languages, History, Economics, Art History, Studio Arts.
NOTE: This program is not appropriate for students seeking business or political science coursework.
The structure is very traditional. Degree programs are highly focused and offer few elective options. Definitive course information is not available until students are on site. The different units (universités, facultés, etc.) have a high level of autonomy and schedules for classes and exams may conflict. For logistical purposes, students are encouraged to limit the divisions where they register for classes.
Georgetown students take 5 courses, one of which may be a CUPA program course. The remaining four courses are taken at a single university within the Paris university system. When appropriate, one course may be taken at an 'Institut' or 'Ecole'. A two-week mandatory orientation is held at the beginning of the semester. Students who successfully complete a full courseload receive 15 credits and five (5) course equivalents.
Grades are assigned on a scale of 1-20. A grade of 9 is passing. In the French university system, it is not uncommon for the final grade to be based solely on the results of a final exam or one or two pieces of work rather than continuing assessment throughout the semester. Courses rely heavily on theory rather than practical applications of material covered in the classroom.