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Budapest Semester In Mathematics


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.


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

  • Must have at least Sophomore standing at the time of application.
  • Have completed at least one semester of Abstract Algebra or Advanced Calculus (A First Course in Analysis).
  • Discuss this semester option with their advisors.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.75


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.


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

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

  • Flights
  • 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.


All Gordon students applying to this program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying to your program. Click here to view current deadlines.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with your program's application process. Spring applications are accepted until October 15. Fall applications are accepted until March 1.