Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Fall / Spring Semester Program
Budapest, a city of two million, is situated on both sides of the Danube River. Eight graceful bridges link the charming hills of Buda on the river's west bank to cosmopolitan Pest on the east. Buda and Pest were united in 1872 and the union grew into the friendly metropolis we see now in modern Budapest with its elegant boulevards, coffeehouses, and concert halls.
The architecture of Budapest displays the influence of many other cultures---from Turkish baths reminiscent of the country's 150 years of struggle with the Ottoman Empire to the modern Hyatt Hotel on Roosevelt square which in turn faces the 140-year-old edifice of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
program is specifically designed for mathematics majors and minors.
Held in the historic center of Budapest at the Technical University of Budapest, the program gives students the opportunity to take specialized math courses while gaining a valuable abroad experience. Students will be taking courses primarily with other students from the United States studying abroad.
Courses are taught in English by Hungarian professors and focus on the reinvention and examination of concepts, methods, ideas, and paradoxes that have puzzled mathematicians for centuries.
Considerable time is devoted to problem-solving
, encouraging student creativity and exciting students about mathematical discovery
Topics of study range from ancient problems of geometry and arithmetic to 20th century measure theory and mathematical logic.
View the Budapest Course Equivalencies to see how BSM courses transfer to USD. NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only.
A finalized course list of classes offered during a program term will be announced two to three months prior to the program start date. Please refer to the previous semesters at BSM to learn about course options available through BSM. Courses offered the year prior tend to be the same and serve as a good planning guide for prior to the programs start.
Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alana Franklin.
Students also have the opportunity to enroll in a 2-week intensive Hungarian language course at the Babilon Language School before the start of each semester. This course is not included in the student fees and averages about 80,000 Hungarian forint, the equivalent of roughly $360 USD.
All students participating in the program must have completed one semester of Advanced Calculus (a first course in the Theory of Analysis) or Abstract Algebra by the start of the program.
While in Budapest students have the option to live with Hungarian host families or in shared apartments with other international students. Opting for an apartment offers most of the comfort to which students are accustomed here in the United States. Living with a family provides substantially less privacy; however, it could be the most rewarding choice by enhancing the cross-cultural experience. All homes will be within easy reach of the university using the frequent and inexpensive public transportation.
USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. Housing is not included in the fees assessed by USD and will be paid directly to the housing provider. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.
A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, immigration information will be sent to students from their BSM advisor. Currently United States citizens are not required to obtain a visa for semester-long study abroad program participation. Students will, however, need to register with the local Hungarian government upon arrival for a residency permit. The BSM staff will assist students through this process during on-site orientation.