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  • Locations: Budapest, Hungary
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Fall 2019 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Subject Areas of Interest: Central and East Europe, Computer Science, Film Studies, History, History of Science, Linguistics, Math Language of Study: English, Hungarian
Campus Program Advisor: Andrew Uzzell OCS Contact: Jonathan Larson
Housing: Apartment, Home Stay
Program Description:

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Why study on the Budapest Semester in Math in Hungary?

  • Study with leading scholars on a unique program for undergraduates in a beautiful and historic European capital noted for a long tradition of excellence in mathematics

  • Small group courses taught in English featuring a wide-selection of mathematical topics

  • Additional classes offered  in Hungarian Studies, film, history and Computer Science

  • Intensive study of Hungarian language (Grinnell requirement) 

Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:

  • Central and East European Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • History of Science
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics

Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell

One semester of either advanced calculus or first theory course in analysis or abstract algebra. Coursework in Russian, Central and East European Studies Concentration, such as RES 291.



Program Overview

BSM instructors are member 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