BSM: Budapest - Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

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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

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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. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Bsm
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... - 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... - 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 :-) - 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. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Just Do It
It was great to take such rigorous math courses, surrounded by people who are as passionate about math as I am. Very much worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I am now sure that I want to go to graduate school in mathematics, I also found an area of research that interests me a lot. It was absolutely worthwile! - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with BSM: Budapest - Budapest Semester in Mathematics
I learned the joy of living in another country and gained the desire to pursue further travel outside of the United States. Plus a lot of cool math. It was absolutely worthwile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Oh my yes. In so many little ways. I don't know that I can name them. - Carleton College View Entire Review
I returned from Hungary with the knowledge that I can do anything I set my mind to. No challenge is too big. My family is Hungarian, so I really cherished the opportunity to live for a short time in the country my grandfather came from. It was amazing to experience daily life in a different culture. Academically, BSM confirmed m... - Longwood University View Entire Review
Studying abroad was my first time out of the United States. So I immediately gained a lot of perspective. Living in a foreign country was difficult at times, but well worth the experience. I enjoyed learning other people's perspectives on mathematics and other things, such as politics. I had a lot of great conversations. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Because I was in a new environment, I was better able to discover what I believe and think myself (without my usual societal influences) and better able to understand the person I am. My academic interests have not changed but I am aware now that there is more to life than just math. I also believe that I've gained a new perspec... - Longwood University View Entire Review
It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It was awesome and I would love to go back. I learned a lot about math, life, friends, and branching out on my own. - Wartburg 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. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Budapest = Love
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). - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review It Was Awesome!
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! - 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. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with BSM: Budapest - Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
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 abo... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I wanted something really particular from my study abroad experience - serious math, in English, in a very foreign city, where I live as independently as possible. I got that from BSM, and more. It was definitely worthwhile. The most important thing I learned - more math. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Review
While the quality of my math classes at Wellesley tend to be much better than that of math classes in Budapest, it was cool to be taking four math classes in one semester (double the amount I would normally take). It was also a novel experience to be solely in the company of people whose love for mathematics bordered on fanatici... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I feel confident in my ability to survive in any place. Basically no one spoke english and I did not speak hungarian but it was still very fun and there were no major disasters! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I have loved being in another country, and it has opened my eyes more to the world. We are really in a Carleton bubble, and this has helped me see that. - Carleton College View Entire Review
Need to do more reading outside of class - Berea College View Entire Review
Absolutely - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I found a love for Eastern Europe. I hope to move back for a year or two after school. - The Catholic University of America View Entire Review

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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
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
Year Founded:
1985
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