Cheap, Incredible Hungarian Math Experience! Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/04/2017 to 12/14/2017 with

BSM: Budapest - Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
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.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful throughout the immigration process.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very close to school, fair amount of space per person.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The language barrier was a fairly large issue.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have an experience with healthcare.

* Safety:

Very safe city; I never felt unsafe, even as a woman.

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

I absolutely loved my program. It was very affordable, with a wide selection of math courses, great students, and (mostly) incredible professors.


* 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? $1800 (food and misc.); $1700 (rent)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Cultural experience
  • Math education
  • Price
* What could be improved?
  • Immersion into local life
  • Program-wide events throughout the semester
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much history the city has! I advise future students in BSM to take full advantage of the city sooner rather than later. And take the day/weekend trips led by the program!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.