Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

Publicated on: May 16, 2012

A Mathematics Program in English for American and Canadian Undergraduates. 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 one or two semesters 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.

Semesters start in the first week of September and February. An optional intensive language course is offered about two weeks before regular classes begin. Early applications are encouraged. Qualified applicants will be accepted to participate in the program on a rolling basis once their applications are complete.

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

- Spring semester 2013: October 15, 2012

- Tuition for the Spring semester 2013  is $9,115 per semester or $18,230 for the entire year.

In order to apply for Budapest Semester in Mathematics, follow the instructions on the Application Form.

If you have any questions, please contact the North American Office at or call (507) 786-3114.

To learn more details about BSM, check out the Program Description page. To investigate the extremely important but suitably modest cost of participation, go to the Program Costs page.

For more information, please visit the website of the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics.