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Budapest Semester In Mathematics

VISION

Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. Budapest Semester in Mathematics (BSM) provides a unique opportunity for North American undergraduates. Through this program, mathematics and computer science majors in their junior/senior years may spend fall, spring or summer semester in Budapest and study under the tutelage of eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers. The instructors of BSM are members of Eötvös University, the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the three institutions known for having educated more than half of Hungary's highly acclaimed mathematicians. Most instructors have had teaching experience in North America and are familiar with the cultural differences.
 

QUALIFICATIONS

Budapest Semester is a creative mathematics program. Interested mathematics and computer science majors should:

  • Have completed at least one semester of Abstract Algebra or Advanced Calculus (A First Course in Analysis).
  • Discuss this semester option with their advisors.

 

CREDITS

All classes are small and taught in English. Classes are held near the center of historic Budapest. Most instructors have had teaching experience in North America and are familiar with the cultural perspective of American students.

You may take up to 16 credits of electives for the mathematics major. Classes are taught in English by Hungarian professors. In addition, courses are offered in:

  • Hungarian culture
  • History of science
  • Philosophy
  • Film analysis

All students are also encouraged, as a part of the program, to take advantage of the opportunity to study the Hungarian language.

BSM courses comprise 14 weeks of teaching plus one week of exams. Each course usually meets three to four times per week for a total of 42 contact hours per semester. Normally, one BSM course transfers either as 3 or 4 semester hours.
 

COSTS

You will be charged Gordon tuition and fees as indicated in the academic catalog, and you may apply your internal scholarships to the cost of the program. Room and Board are not charged by BSM to Gordon, and so are not charged by Gordon to the student. You should be prepared to pay those directly on the ground. Please consult with Student Financial Services to review your situation. Regular Gordon tuition and fees cover the following:

  • Tuition: 16–20 semester hours
  • Airport pickup
  • Orientation
  • Mandatory Hungarian health insurance
  • Allowance toward round-trip airfare

Items not covered (please see note regarding starred items):

  • Room (apartment and homestay options available)*
  • Board*
  • Personal expenses
  • Independent travel and local transportation
  • Residence permit fee*
  • Books

*The amount normally charged for a semester’s Room and Board at Gordon is enough to cover all the following: rent, board, utilities, and the residence permit fee.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES

Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.

FALL SEMESTER: 
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by March 15. You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. BSM's fall semester deadline is April 1.

SPRING SEMESTER: 
Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by September 31. You will be notified within five days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. BSM's spring semester deadline is October 15. 


Online Approved Program Seat Application

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.

1. Date of application:

2. Semester:

3. Program:

4. Approved International Programs fulfill Global Understanding when taken with COR210 before hand and COR211 afterwards. Do you wish to use this off-campus semester to fulfill Global Understanding Core?

Yes. I will register for COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 (pre-departure) and COR211 New Perspectives 2 (re-entry).
No-BUT. Although I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core in other ways, I DO want to attend the New Perspectives sessions.
No. I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core through another course.
Not Applicable. My program is domestic.

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:

Male
Female

10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Yes
No
Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?

Yes
No

26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?

Yes
No

28. Current Class Level:

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current GPA (Grade Point Average) as of most recently completed semester:

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in your campus Student Development or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (250 word minimum)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (250 word minimum)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (250 word minimum)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (250 word minimum)

44. PIKE and IA MAJORS only: Please identify the name and provide a brief description of this program fits the specific requirements of your major/contract. (Has your IA advisor approved the program, or is this specific program written into your Pike contract?)