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Hungary: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) program provides a unique, prestigious opportunity for North American undergraduates, especially for math majors and majors in quant-heavy fields (physics, computer science, bioinformatics and more). The program has close links with St. Olaf College and was designed with academically strong undergraduate students in U.S. colleges and universities in mind. Completion of a semester or more in the BSM program is excellent preparation for graduate study. Through BSM, Knox students in their junior year may spend a semester or a year in Budapest in a lovely historic building in central Budapest, studying under the tutelage of eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers.

BSM may be taken for one semester (either fall or spring) or for an entire year. Students typically take three courses in mathematics and one intercultural course -- all taught in English by Hungarian faculty -- each semester. 

Prerequisite: students must have junior standing at the time they participate and should have completed at least one term of analysis (MATH 331) or one term of abstract algebra (MATH 341).
Language instruction in Hungarian is available on an optional basis.

Prerequisite: GPA 3.5. Credits: 4.5 per semester. Standard load is 4 classes per semester.

Program advisor: Professor Pedro Teixeira

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