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    Hungary: Budapest Semester in Mathematics

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    Hungary: Budapest Semester in Mathematics


The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM), is located in Budapest, Hungary, at the College International campus of the Technical University Budapest. It is a highly acclaimed program for mathematics education and research. St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN serves as the School of Record for BSM and provides the official transcripts for the program.



Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating night life increasingly appreciated among European youth and, last but not least, an exceptionally rich offering of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed "Paris of the East".


Course Leaders

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.


BSM classes are held at the College International, a Hungarian-based educational institution. Classes are taught in English by eminent Hungarian professors, most of whom have had teaching experience in North American universities

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Fall and Spring semesters comprise 14 weeks of teaching plus one week of exams. Each course usually meets three to four times per week for a total of 56 contact hours per semester.

Normally, one Budapest Semesters in Mathematics course transfers either as 3 or 4 semester hours depending on an evaluation of course material done by the home institution. . In keeping with Hungarian tradition, teachers closely monitor each individual student’s progress.  Considerable time is devoted to problem solving and encouraging student creativity. Emphasis is on depth of understanding rather than on the quantity of material. Courses may be taken Audit or Graded.

Housing & Meals


  • Renting a furnished apartment and sharing it with other Budapest Semesters participants

These apartments are located near the historic center of Budapest. Housing is arranged by the Hungarian BSM Staff along with roommate assignments upon completion of the BSM Housing/Roommate form after acceptance.


Each apartment is a equipped with a kitchen.

Summer School

The summer program is eight weeks long meets two hours per day, four days a week with the expectation that students will take two full-credit courses. . Classes are taught in English by eminent Hungarian professors, most of whom have had teaching experience in North American universities. Course offerings combine standard upper-level courses with courses in areas of traditional strength of Hungarian mathematics. Many courses are offered at intermediate and advanced levels. 

Courses Offered: 

  • Introductory Abstract Algebra
  • Combinatorics
  • Real Functions and Measures
  • Advanced Mathematical Problem Solving
  • Summer Research

Students are expected to take two full-credit courses. Normally, one Budapest Semesters in Mathematics course transfers either as 3 or 4 semester hours depending on an evaluation of course material done by the home institution. This program meets two hours per day, four days a week. Classes are small with a focus on problem-solving, student creativity, and group learning.

Program Costs

Hungary: Budapest Semester in Mathematics

Estimated Program Cost:


* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

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Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

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Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Friday, March 1, 2019
Program Dates: 
Friday, June 7, 2019 to Saturday, August 3, 2019
App Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Program Dates: 
Sunday, August 18, 2019 to Friday, December 20, 2019

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is between 2.40 to 2.49, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (28 Gilchrist):
      • A letter of reference from your academic advisor supporting your pursuit of study abroad
      • An essay, which should explain why your cumulative GPA is below a 2.50, include how your cumulative GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or course, and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.