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Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Budapest, Hungary (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment, Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

Budapest Semesters in Math

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:

  • BSM application deadline: October 15, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
​**BSM has rolling admissions, so you should submit your application early. 

Budapest Semesters in Math (BSM) offers students the opportunity to take an intensive semester of mathematics at the College International in Budapest alongside other North American students. Courses are taught in English and taught by eminent Hungarian professors, all while living in the beautiful and historic city of Budapest.

The University

Instructors at 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. Most instructors have had teaching experience in North America and are familiar with the cultural differences.Classes at BSM stress problem-solving, foster student creativity, and support group learning. 

The Setting

A vibrant city of two million people, Budapest sits on the banks of the Danube River and is known as one of Europe’s most affordable cities with rich cultural offerings. The Danube River separates the two ancient cities of Buda and Pest, which now attracts millions of visitors every year due to its thriving cultural life and rich history. The rail system also allows students and residents easy access to other Hungarian and European cities. 


Students typically enroll in four courses (16 U.S. credits) for the semester, to be the equivalent of four Princeton credits. During the first three weeks of the fall and spring semesters, students have the opportunity – European style – to sit in on the courses that interest them (schedule permitting) to get an overview of what courses are available. Classes are taught in English by eminent Hungarian professors, most of whom have had teaching experience in North American universities. Some examples of courses available are Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Real Functions and Measures, and more. An optional Hungarian language course is offered two weeks prior to the start of regular courses, although this course will not count for credit. For more detailed information about courses, please visit the BSM website

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: mid-August to late December (including language course)
Spring Semester: mid-January to late May (including language course)

Please refer to the BSM website for updated calendars


Students are asked to indicate their preference among the two housing options:renting a furnished apartment and sharing it with other Budapest Semesters participants, or
living with a Hungarian host family.

Students that choose an apartment have their own bedroom with shared common spaces, and although most students choose to live in a shared apartment, living with a family could be the most rewarding choice by enhancing the cross-cultural experience. Please note: “family” is loosely defined and could consist of the traditional mother, father, and children; elderly couples, newly married couples, or a pensioner.

All homes will be within easy reach of the university using the frequent and inexpensive public transportation. Program administrators in Budapest will help students with housing and any problems that arise.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the budget sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in France. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Students will need a visa to study in Hungary for more than 90 days, so you should either apply for a visa from a Hungarian Embassy or Consulate (application may be submitted in person in Washington, DC; New York, NY, Chicago or Los Angeles, CA), or if you cannot travel to one of the locations or have other circumstances that prevent you from applying in person for the visa, you may apply for a residence permit upon arrival to Hungary. Please visit the BSM website for more information. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit the BSM website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 02/01/2021 05/20/2021
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