Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. However, because of the language barrier, students have not been able to take advantage of the skill and dedication of the mathematics faculties of Hungarian universities.
Initiated by Paul Erdős, László Lovasz, and Vera T. Sós, the program 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. BSM classes are held at the College International, a Hungarian-based educational institution focusing on international students studying in Budapest. Most instructors have had teaching experience in North America and are familiar with the cultural differences.
What is Unique about this Opportunity?
- BSM instructors are member 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.
- Full semester program includes 14 weeks of instruction and one week of final exams
- Classes meet two to three times per week (56 contact hours per semester)
- Classes stress problem solving, foster student creativity, and support group learning
- A wide variety of mathematical courses is offered
- Course offerings combine standard upper-level courses in areas of strength of Hungarian mathematics such as combinatorics, number theory, and probability theory
- Small classes, taught in English
- Full-credit courses taught by instructors with experience teaching North American students
- Community of mathematically motivated students
- Research opportunities with professors
- School centrally located in Budapest
- Modest living costs
How do I learn about Budapest Semesters in Math?
- Read about BSM's "Goals and History"
- Review BSM's COVID-19 Return Plan for important health and safety considerations
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