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Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (St. Olaf)
Budapest, Hungary (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 02/08/2019 05/31/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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St. Olaf College
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Apartment (Shared), Homestay
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Art History, Computer Science, Culture, Film, Hungarian, Math/Statistics, Philosophy
Program Design: Study Center, Theme based
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Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

Hungarian Parliament
Hungary's Parliament building is a masterpiece of Gothic revival architecture and stunning when seen from the Danube River.

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 Erdos, 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.

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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.
  • 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.
Fall semester starts the first week of September, spring semester first week in February, and summer semester third week in June (the summer program is in a separate brochure in this website). An optional intensive language course is offered about two weeks before regular semester classes begin (not available for the summer semester). Early applications are encouraged. Qualified applicants will be accepted to participate in the program on a rolling basis once their applications are complete.

Note: This is a very rigorous mathematics program in which the average student takes five demanding mathematics courses. It is best suited for advanced mathematics majors who perform very well in Gustavus math courses and are prepared to undertake a program as demanding as many master's level math programs in the U.S.

More information in the BSM website >>>

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