The Department is proud to offer its graduate students the opportunity to study at two of the finest philosophy departments in Europe, the University of Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV and the University of Bielefeld. The Department encourages all graduate students to take advantage of these opportunities.
Students going on these programs are eligible for Georgia State University’s International Education Fee (IEF) Study Abroad Programs Scholarships. These scholarship provide $1,000 to $2,000 of assistance to selected exchange program students.
Students coming to Georgia State whose native language is not English may be interested in the English as a Second Language for Graduate Students courses offered by Georgia State’s Department of Applied Linguistics.
POURSUIVRE VOS ÉTUDES A GEORGIA STATE
Le département de philosophie de l'Université de Georgia State reçoit les candidatures des étudiants de l'Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, à partir du Master 1, qui souhaitent participer au programme d'échange entre nos deux universités. Nous proposons d'excellentes opportunités d'enseignement pour les étudiants qui désirent étudier dans des domaines tels que la philosophie du droit, la philosophie politique, la philosophie des sciences, la philosophie de l’esprit, et la philosophie allemande. Les étudiants seront en mesure de choisir des cours au sein d'un large éventail de disciplines, et de recevoir l'enseignement personnel de l'un de nos vingt-deux professeurs (dont deux parlent français). Les étudiants doivent avoir conscience que tous les cours seront donnés en anglais. L'Université de Georgia State propose aussi (avec toutefois des frais supplémentaires) des cours de langue anglaise. Les étudiants de l'Université Paris IV-Sorbonne sont éligibles à des postes d'assistant de recherche et d'assistant d'enseignement, leur donnant droit à la plupart des frais d'inscription réglés, ainsi qu'à un salaire allant de $4000 à $10000 par an. Le département de philosophie pourra aider les étudiants dans la recherche d'un logement.
Atlanta, une ville de six millions d'habitants, offre un cadre de vie agréable et animé. C'est, en tout premier lieu, une véritable ''American city'', cosmopolite, avec une atmosphère internationale toute particulière. De multiples activités culturelles et sociales se trouvent à la disposition des étudiants, nombre d'entre elles étant sponsorisé par l'Université elle-même. Nous pensons que les étudiants français, en étudiant au sein de notre département, sauront y trouver une expérience de valeur, agréable et enrichissante. Nous attendons de vos nouvelles.
The exchange program with the Philosophy Department at the Université de Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV offers graduate and undergraduate students in the philosophy program at Georgia State the opportunity to study at one of the most storied universities in the world in one of the most storied cities in the world. Founded in 1253, it as been a seat of higher learning for over 700 years. The faculty at the Sorbonne is strong across the board and they have particular strengths in ethics and political philosophy, the history of philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of the social sciences, and aesthetics.
Information about further funding support can be found in the documents linked below and on the website of the Study Abroad Office.
Graduate students should begin by reading the schedule and application procedures.
Questions should be directed to Sebastian Rand (email@example.com).
The following schedule assumes that students on the Sorbonne program will be abroad in the Spring Semester of their second (and final) year in the M.A. program. Students may also apply to go to the Sorbonne in their third year.
All dates are approximate and will vary from year to year.
Start of Semester: Enroll in French courses. The exchange program requires a level of French 2002 by the end of Summer of Year 1. If you are starting at the French 1001 level, this may be very difficult. If you have no French on arrival at GSU, speak with the Sorbonne Program Director about how to get up to speed on the language.
Plan your courses from the beginning so as to complete the course requirements for the M.A. by the end of Fall of Year 2 (excluding thesis writing credits). You need 27 hours of coursework prior to the thesis credits, which means 9 courses, plus one semester of thesis writing (3 hours). Remember that you may be teaching as well during some semesters.
You should also begin thinking about funding at this point. Your funding package for here on campus, if you have one, will not be in effect in France. Students will receive no funding from the Sorbonne. There are internal GSU grants, but they are very small, and they may disappear at any time. If you have alternate means of support (in the past, students have won grants from their BA institution; there are also outside grants), you should look into their application requirements by the end of Fall of Year 1. If you have no such sources, you should try to find some. You can consult with the Program Director about how to do that.
Start of Semester: Select your thesis area and committee chair (and possibly readers). Since you may also be applying to Ph.D. programs in Fall of Year 2, you will need to prepare a writing sample as well as a thesis. Speak with your thesis committee chair about the writing sample as soon as you have selected the chair.
Complete the thesis prospectus and as much of the research as possible. You can use the one allowed semester of non-prospectus 8999 registration this summer. The prospectus draft should be approved during the summer, and must be approved by the start of Fall of Year 2.
August 15 (at the very latest): Submit application to the Program Director.
August 30 (or thereabouts): Departmental decision on applications is made.
Start of Semester: Register for thesis research and your other classes.
End of October: IEF and GSU Foundation scholarship applications are due. You should apply for these if you have been accepted to the program.
Submit applications to PhD programs (if you’re planning to go on).
End of Semester: You should have submitted an almost full initial draft of your thesis to your committee chair by this point.
Register for thesis writing. Remember: you should be done with all your coursework by now, except for the thesis writing credits.
January 5: Leave for France
After your arrival in France and well before the start of the Sorbonne’s spring semester, you should contact the “Coordinatrice des programmes d’échanges - Etats-Unis, Canada, Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande” to be sure that you are correctly enrolled and review the procedures for having your grades sent to Georgia State at the end of the semester.
January-June: In addition to your work for your Sorbonne classes, you need to work with your thesis director via email. You will have very little time to defend when you come back, so you need to get the thesis in shape via email. Hint: you have to submit your thesis on 8.5 x 11 paper and that is hard to find in France. Make sure you are formatting it for 8.5 x 11 paper so that you will not have any problems when you upload it.
Register for thesis writing.
May 10: Complete penultimate draft of thesis to your thesis director.
June 10: Complete draft of thesis to your committee
July 1: Defense draft of thesis to committee
July 5: Return to the Atlanta
July 10: Thesis Defense
July 15: Submit thesis paperwork for your already-defended thesis.
End of Summer Semester: You graduate.
Questions should be directed to George Rainbolt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Philosophy Department offers study abroad programs through an agreement with the Abteilung Philosophie of the Universität Bielefeld, in Bielefeld, Germany. The strengths of the department in Bielefeld closely match those of our department here in Atlanta, with particular focus on ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.
Students and faculty from Universität Bielefeld interested in studying or working at Georgia State should contact Martin Carrier for information.
Graduate students in our MA program with training in German and interest in studying abroad should contact the Program Director (Sebastian Rand, email@example.com) as early as possible to begin planning for a successful time abroad.
There are two main options for MA students to study at Bielefeld:
The Spring Semester here corresponds to the German “Summer Semester,” which runs roughly from Easter (April-ish) through the summer (classes ending in mid-July). Students intending to go to Bielefeld for the Spring Semester of their second year usually must have defended their thesis before leaving for Germany in March. They cannot be enrolled in any regular classes at GSU during the Spring Semester in which they are going abroad, and so must also have completed all course requirements by the end of Fall Semester prior to leaving (assuming they wish to complete the MA in two years). Ideally, such students will require no credits to graduate beyond the thesis research credits for Spring Semester — in other words, they will require no credits to transfer from Germany in order to graduate. For more details, please consult with the Program Director.
Students wishing to go to Bielefeld for a full academic year must also have completed all or most of their degree requirements, with the exception of the thesis; we therefore generally restrict full-year participation to students wishing to have a third year in the MA program. For more details, please consult with the Program Director.
Graduate students should be aware that because funding for students in the MA program is tied to teaching or research assistantships — which normally cannot be done from Germany — GSU-based funding cannot be relied upon to support study abroad. While Bielefeld offers visiting graduate students a small research assistantship (and charges only a nominal tuition fee), that assistantship will not cover anything beyond rent. For this reason advance planning, including looking for additional sources of funding, is strongly encouraged.
– Students going for the Spring Semester only must apply by October 15.
– Students going for a full academic year must apply by April 15.
There are two main sources of internal Georgia State funding for study abroad. You can find links to complete information about these scholarships/grants below, along with some general information:
(1) IEF grants
– Awarded to degree-seeking students only
– Requires a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
– Grant of $1,000 per semester, students must apply separately for each semester of funding.
(2) GES grants
– Prefer applicants with no previous foreign travel experience
– Available to any student on need-based funding of any kind (Pell grant, Stafford loans, etc.)
– Students are eligible only if there is unmet need according to Federal/University guidelines
– Requires that students submit a budget
– Grant of up to $7,500/semester, depending on unmet need.