Host Institution: 

The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) and Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (BSME) programs are administered through St. Olaf College in the U.S. state of Minnesota.  Students live in Budapest, Hungary where all classes are taught in English.  Optional Hungarian language classes are available.


Budapest, Hungary


Min. GPA 3.7

Students must have completed at least one semester of Abstract Algebra or Advanced Calculus (a First Course in Analysis) prior to attending the Budapest Semester.

  • Budapest Semester in Mathematics (BS) Application and Application Deadlines:
  • Fall Semester — April 1
  • Spring Semester – October 15
  • Summer Semester – March 1


Program Details: 

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 (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. 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. 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Bill Bogley, Department of Mathematics.

Academic Emphasis: 
Computer Sci.
Program Administrator: 
College/Departmental Program (OSU)
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Host Family