There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Language of Instruction:
Areas of Study:
Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Jenny Quijano Sax
Completion of one semester of Abstract Algebra or Advanced Calculus (a first course in Analysis)
Hopkins Application Fee:
(1) Complete Hopkins app by clicking "Apply Now", (2) Go to program website to complete program app (note deadline may be different)
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. The program Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) provides a unique opportunity for mathematics majors in their junior/senior years to spend a semester or year in Budapest and study under the tutelage of eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers.
Hopkins Semester/Year Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM)
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. BSM classes are held at the College International, a Hungarian-based educational institution focusing on international students studying in Budapest.
Students typically take 4 classes, which count for 4 JHU credits each. The vast majority of courses are mathematics courses. A handful of humanities options are available as well. Select math courses will come back with Hopkins course numbers and grades that appear on students’ Hopkins transcripts and factor into the GPA.
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. Students are strongly encouraged to take the optional Hungarian language course at the beginning of the semester.
Students have a choice of renting a furnished apartment and sharing it with other program participants or living with a Hungarian family in a home stay. Opting for an apartment offers most of the comfort to which students are accustomed. Living with a family provides substantially less privacy, however it enhances the cross-cultural experience. All homes are within easy reach of the university using the frequent and inexpensive public transportation.
There is a dual application process for this program.
(1) Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking the green "Apply Now" button at the top/bottom of this page
(2) Students must complete the program application, which you can access on the website listed under More Information, below.
Please make sure to abide by both the Hopkins and the program deadlines as they may be different.