A renewing and formative season in an rewarding environment. Past Review

By (Mathematics, Computer Science, Wellesley College) - abroad from 02/04/2013 to 05/23/2013 with

BSM: Budapest - Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience abroad taught me more about my values and aspirations than any other semester had in my academic career. I found it incredibly worthwhile and liberating to remove myself from familiar environments and relationships and immerse myself in completely new ones. The lessons I learned and realizations I experienced about myself, my small place in our massive world, and the myriad opportunities I have to direct my life gave new perspective and vitality to my post college plans.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I would recommend participants to make their own housing arrangements.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healthcare is easily accessible through BSM administration.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Approximately $60/week


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None in Hungarian
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Exposure to Eastern European culture
  • Classroom rigor in abroad environment
  • Classmates
* What could be improved?
  • Housing options
  • Location of school in Budapest
  • Proximity of housing to other BSM students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? After experiencing the housing options, I would have rented an apartment myself.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Conjecture & Proof

Course Department: Math
Instructor: Robert Freud
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was extremely challenging yet was a highlight of my BSM experience. The course was taught by an eminent Hungarian professor who worked closely with Paul Erdos on many publications, and his raw genius was on display in each of his lectures. Sitting in Freud's class was a highlight of my academic career. I strongly urge any BSM participants to take this flagship course of the program.
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