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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 the 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, 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:

  • Have sophomore standing (required)
  • 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.


The Global Education Office will work with Student Financial Services to reassess each applicant's institutional aid for their off-campus semester. Institutional aid includes Gordon-awarded merit scholarships and grants, honors program awards, and major-or department-specific awards. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Factors in the reassessment process include financial need, GEO program flexibility within your major/minor, and program cost. SFS will provide a breakdown of costs to each student after approval has been issued by the GEO.

Program costs include the following:

  • Tuition: 16–20 semester hours
  • Airport pickup
  • Orientation

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

  • Flights
  • Housing (apartment and homestay options available)*
  • Meals*
  • Personal expenses
  • Independent travel and local transportation
  • Residence permit fee*
  • Mandatory Hungarian health insurance
  • Books

*Students will pay room and board directly on the ground. Other expenses students should be prepared to pay: utilities, mandatory Hungarian health insurance 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 directly to your program. Fall and Spring seat applications must be submitted by March 1.

After the Global Education Office has notified you of your approval, you may then proceed with the program application. See Budapest Semester in Mathematics' website for more information on application and deadlines. 


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