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Budapest Semester In Mathematics

VISION

Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. Budapest Semesters 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 apart 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 the basic term expenses as indicated in the academic catalog, and you may apply your internal scholarships to the cost of the program. Please consult with Student Financial Services to review your situation.

For students paying regular Gordon costs and maintaining scholarships, the program costs include:

  • Tuition and direct program costs
  • A stipend for housing and meals (which you maintain directly)
  • Allowance of round trip airfare
     

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 5 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 30. You will be notified within 5 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.