BSM: Budapest - Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) is an academic program held in Budapest, Hungary for American and Canadian undergraduates. BSM has come to be viewed as one of the most prestigious and essential study-abroad programs for undergraduate stud... read more
Improving my mathematical maturity. Having confidence in my abilities. John Anthony Bowllan - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Apart from just the new math knowledge, I got to travel and experience many new cultures and languages and "broaden my horizons," to be cliche. I am so glad I went; it was definitely worthwhile. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to live and cook in an apartment for the first time in my life, along with travelling extensively and navigating a city where I didn't speak the language. Keertana - Wellesley College View Entire Review
As wonderful and fulfilling as the mathematical side of BSM is, the program is much more than just math. Hungarian, and European culture, in general, are very different from that of America. I had never been to Europe, and consequently had lots of idiosyncrasies to adjust to, like paying for bags at the grocery store, taking pu... Parker Evans - Tulane University View Entire Review
I learned a lot of math and gained some cultural experience by living in a post-Soviet country. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I had a semester to focus solely on math, which made me see that I really do want to go to grad school. I was also able to live more independently than I had before, which helped me grow a lot as a person. This was definitely a worthwhile program. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Absolutely. I loved being in a program of all mathematicians, and realized that I want to go to grad school for math. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Learned lots of math. Definitely worth doing. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Going to Budapest was one of the most meaningful experience I have had. I gained so much from being able to immerse myself in mathematics, as well as an appreciation for a culture and place distinct from anything I had experienced before. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot of math, first of all. I undoubtedly could have learned as much at Wellesley or MIT, but I learned in a different environment, so I appreciated that. I also got a lot better at cooking, and gained a lot of independence as well. I am confident that I could get myself out of a lot of bad situations in America, b... A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Budapest is so liveable and interesting, and I learned so much about Hungary - the history, culture, politics. Hungary is rarely discussed in world politics and its history is little known (to Americans anyway), which is too bad since it's so checkered and absolutely fascinating, particularly its role in the Soviet bloc. It's al... S B - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Totally worthwhile. I learned some good math, but not as much I could have by choosing different classes (seriously, guys: don't take spectral theory). I met awesome people. I ate langos :-) Dan B - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about Hungarian culture and language. I really enjoyed learning about how mathematics is taught in Hungary and how different their approach is to ours. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned that its good to travel and experience new things A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Great Math A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I had a fabulous time studying in Budapest this past summer. I made some amazing new friends who are math nerds like myself, and loved exploring the city. Cobie - Brandeis University View Entire Review
This program was very worthwhile to me. I learned to be more independent, to cook, to better balance work and fun; I was surrounded by people who taught me everything from math to cooking. Meera Hejmadi - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a greater degree of independence and got to learn about a new culture. It was definitely worth it! A student - Berea College View Entire Review
I learned a lot of math and a lot about personal independence. Absolutely one of the best trips I've ever taken. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes. A student - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned more math in one semester than I had in my previous 2 years in college. It was a lot of work but in the end, it was definitely worth it. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learnt a lot of math and made friends with other students from many top North American university who also loves Math. Also two months' of staying in Budapest gave me a comprehensive understanding of this city. I am glad that I've chosen this program because it was really a wonderful experience from many aspects. Yunxiang W - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Budapest is AMAZING! Loved the city but wouldn't choose the same program just because I didn't love my classes. The professors weren't great (in my opinion). Grace G - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot of great mathematics and differences from America to Europe. It was very worthwhile. If one is majoring in math and has the time and money, they should do this program without any doubt! paul.masterson.315 - Wartburg College View Entire Review
I learned from Hungarian professors, who teach in a very different way than American professors do. Hungarian education, in general, is very different from American education, so it was a very interesting and educational experience. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) is an academic program held in Budapest, Hungary for American and Canadian undergraduates. BSM has come to be viewed as one of the most prestigious and essential study-abroad programs for undergraduate students of Mathematics.
Spend part of your junior or senior year in Budapest. Learn mathematics from leading Hungarian scholars in English.
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 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 Budapest Semesters in Mathematics 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.
All courses are taught in English.
Classes are small.
Credits are transferable to North American colleges and universities.
The school is near the center of historic Budapest.
Living costs are modest.
An optional intensive language course is offered about two weeks before regular semester classes begin (not available for the summer semester).
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Mathematics and Computer Science