Well I called Emily last night and she talked me down from my momentary panic. The long and short of it is that it’s so complicated to stay in France as an American that I think it is important to have a degree that’s valuable in the U.S. and I think an American masters is more valuable than a French one in that respect. And if it turns out I need a French masters to do what I want to in France, then I can always come back and get one here after.
In the meantime I’m doing research on ways for graduate students to come temporarily to France. Here’s what I’ve found that looks promising:
Internships in Francophone Europe has a promising-looking masters-with-internship program.
The Partner University Fund looks promising too but much more complicated and applications for the following year are due in December. Hrm.
Any other ideas out there?