Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) is the only Emory-approved study abroad program that specifically caters to math and quantitative sciences majors.
Budapest is a relatively "new" city in Europe; its distinct parts, Buda and Pest, only merged in 1873.
Small class sizes with Hungarian professors who prioritize problem solving and student creativity make BSM an attractive program to students interested in using their semester abroad to focus on mathematics courses.
Often called "the Paris of the East", Budapest is a destination that appeals to students who want to study off the beaten path in a cosmopolitan European city.
Budapest is known for its rich history, farmer's markets, thermal spas, and unique architecture spanning centuries.
Located in the center of Eastern Europe, Budapest is a stone's throw from attractive Central and Eastern European destinations, and well-connected to the Western Europe by train and plane.
have completed one semester of Advanced Calculus (a first course in the Theory of
Analysis) or Abstract Algebra by the start of the program
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.
All students are required to take the mandatory Hungarian Language course.