Academics at BSM


  • 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
  • Fall and Spring Classes meet two to three times per week (56 contact hours per semester, includes office hours)
  • The Summer program is eight weeks long, meets two hours per day, four days a week with the expectation that students will take two full-credit courses.
  • 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
  • Link to the Summer Program webpage
  • St. Olaf College serves as the School of Record for BSM and provides the official transcript for the program


  • St. Olaf College serves as the School of Record for BSM and provides the official transcript for the program.
  • Budapest Semesters in Mathematics courses comprise 14 weeks of teaching plus one week of exams. Each course usually meets for a total of 42 contact hours per semester (plus office hours) a total of 56 hours including office hours. Normally, one Budapest Semesters in Mathematics course transfers either as 3 or 4 semester hours depending on an evaluation of course material done by the home institution. Math and non-math courses are weighted the same. The BSM Program uses course units to describe its courses rather than ‘credit hours’ or ‘semester hours.’ This is in concert with the St. Olaf system of counting courses toward graduation. We encourage each institution to make its own evaluation of our courses relative to local requirements and credit levels; but with that said, some experience with what is done at other institutions might be useful. Most schools using a semester credit system give 3 credit hours per BSM course. Those that do not, give 4 semester credit hours for the mathematics courses and 3 or 4 semester credit hours for the non mathematics courses. Those on the quarter system give 4 or 5 quarter hours per BSM course. Those schools (like St. Olaf) which use the course unit system give 1 semester course unit for each BSM course taken: For reference, at St. Olaf, 35 courses are required to graduate and a Budapest Semester’s course transfers as exactly one St. Olaf course. Transcripts will reflect either letter grades A-F, audit/non-attending or incomplete.


Click this link  for the BSM Office in Budapest and syllabi of courses for each semester


  • 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