Eligibility: To be eligible, students must: 1) have at least sophomore status, 2) be in good academic standing and a 3.3 GPA or higher, 3) have completed one semester of Advanced Calculus (a first course in the Theory of Analysis) or Abstract Algebra by the start of the program, and 4) be motivated to study mathematics
Selection for the program is based on:
1 BSM application (electronic)
2 written recommendations (electronic)
1 official transcript (“official” can be either electronic or mail)
Application: There is no application fee to BSM. All students are required to pay the Emory application fee. All materials must be mailed or emailed to the North American Office. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; thereafter, all applications are held until the deadline.
Program Details: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics courses comprise 14 weeks of teaching and 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. Classes are taught in English by eminent Hungarian professors, most of whom have had teaching experience in North American universities. 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.
The imprint of the Hungarian tradition is particularly prominent in some of the courses.
“Combinatorics” concentrates on combinatorial structures and algorithms, a stronghold of Hungarian mathematics. The courses, along with “Theory of Computing”, are a valuable introduction to Theoretical Computer Science.
“Conjecture and Proof”, even more than other courses, introduces the student to the excitement of mathematical discovery. Concepts, methods, ideas, and paradoxes that have startled or puzzled mathematicians for centuries will be reinvented and examined under the guidance of enthusiastic and experienced instructors. The topics covered range from ancient problems of geometry and arithmetic to 20th century measure theory and mathematical logic.ACADEMICS
BSM instructors 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.
Full semester program includes 14 weeks of instruction and one week of final exams
Classes meet two to three times per week (56 contact hours per semester)
Classes stress problem solving, foster student creativity, and support group learning
A wide variety of mathematical courses is offered
Course offerings combine standard upper-level courses in areas of strength of Hungarian mathematics such as combinatorics, number theory, and probability theory
Small classes, taught in English
Full-credit courses taught by instructors with experience teaching North American students
Credits transferable to North American colleges and universities
Community of mathematically motivated students
Research opportunities with professors
School centrally located in Budapest
Modest living costs
Average home school GPA of 3.7
Completed first theory course in analysis or abstract algebra
Eager for a deeper immersion into the study of mathematics
Excited to experience a different culture
Living Arrangements: Students are asked to indicate their preference among the two housing options: renting a furnished apartment and sharing it with other Budapest Semesters participants, or living with a Hungarian family as a member of the family.
Please note: “family” is loosely defined and could consist of the traditional mother, father, and children; elderly couples, newly married couples, or a pensioner. All homes will be within easy reach of the university using the frequent and inexpensive public transportation. Program administrators in Budapest will help students with housing and any problems that arise.
Hungarian Language Requirement: Students are required to take Hungarian during the semester. Students are also invited to participate in the pre-program intensive Hungarian course (at their own expense).
The Babilon Language School offers a 2-week intensive language course in Hungarian about two weeks prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semester. This is an optional choice, not included in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Program fees. The cost of the optional intensive language class is around 80,000HUF for fall and spring, (please check on-line for conversion rate to US dollars) and is payable to the Babilon Language School upon arrival in Budapest. For more information about the optional language program: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.babilon-nyelvstudio.hu