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.
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