Budapest Semester in Mathematics (BSM) and Budapest Semester in Mathematics Education (BSME) are independent programs housed at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
Budapest Semester in Mathematics (BSM)
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 Erdos, 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.
Budapest Semester in Mathematics Education (BSME)
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (BSME) is a semester-long program in Budapest, Hungary, designed for American and Canadian undergraduates and recent graduates interested in teaching middle school or high school mathematics. BSME was conceived by the founders of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM), and the two programs share a common goal—to provide their participants with an opportunity to experience the mathematical and general culture of Hungary. BSME is specifically intended for students who are not only passionate about mathematics, but also the teaching of mathematics.
For more information about either program please follow the below links to the St. Olaf brochure pages.
If you have specific questions about the programs themselves, please reach out to Jill Fisher (firstname.lastname@example.org
) for BSME and Deb Fleming at (email@example.com
) for BSM.
Students must pre-apply through PLU using this application page before applying directly to BSM or BSME on St. Olaf's webpage.