• Hungary
    • Budapest
Subject Areas
Education Mathematics

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Bachelors Masters
Apartment Dormitory


Starting Price
Price Details
Tuition is $4,995

Not included in the tuition:
1. Transportation to and from Budapest: To be arranged by the participant.
2. Living costs. See our website for living cost estimates. (Budapest is an affordable city.)

Financial aid from your home institution may be applied to your BSME summer session. Check with your college's financial aid office and/or your study abroad office for more information.

Scholarships are not available. Check with your home institution's math department and study abroad office for possible funding resources.
What's Included
Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes
What's Included (Extra)

Course materials, student support services, and local health insurance. Students must provide their own international health insurance, however.

What's Not Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airfare Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
What's Not Included (Extra)

BSME will arrange housing for students in local apartments with independent property owners. Students will pay the property owners directly. Students are responsible for making/purchasing of their own meals. Students will pay separately for one week of room and board at the math camp.

May 04, 2023
Jan 12, 2022
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About Program

Come to Hungary to immerse yourself in mathematical exploration and experience first-hand learning in the Hungarian mathematics pedagogy, then investigate how you can bring this pedagogy into your future classroom.

In the spirit of Hungarian instruction, BSME faculty will challenge our participants to take part in creating, rather than just learning, the material. BSME courses are designed so that credits will be transferable to American and Canadian colleges and universities, with transcripts issued by St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

BSME welcomes students who are:

1) Currently pursuing secondary mathematics teaching license at their home institutions
2) Planning to pursue other paths to mathematics licensure
3) In-service math teachers of all ages
4) Simply curious about learning and teaching of mathematics

This program is currently not being promoted on Go Overseas by its provider. Check with Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education for the most up-to-date information regarding the status of this program.

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Program Highlights

  • Live for five weeks in charming Budapest apartments and then one week at a math camp for kids.
  • Participate in a week long practicum, interacting with Hungarian children at a rural math camp.
  • Learn from Hungarian teacher scholars who have first had knowledge of the Hungarian approach to teaching.
  • Travel independently on weekends to surrounding European cities.
  • Discover the Hungarian pedagogy, based on problem solving, mathematical creativity and communication.

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  • Academics 4.5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.75
  • Housing 4.25
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Semester in Budapest!

The BSME program was such an amazing experience. As a math and education double major, the program is a perfect combination of these. The classes focus on the teaching of math, which is such a unique and specific area of study. I learned so much about the different methods of teaching math in Hungary, and I gained many skills and new ideas to bring back to the US, things I know I will use all the time as a future math educator.
The city of Budapest is absolutely wonderful. It is easy to get around the city with public transportation or sometimes walking, and there are so many cool things to do. As a BSME student during the pandemic (fall 2021), we were not able to leave the country, but even then there are so many great places to visit within Budapest and great day/weekend trips around Hungary. I gained valuable life skills in navigating the city and living outside of the dorms for the first time, and I am so glad for these experiences.
In addition to the great classes and city of Budapest, I met some of the greatest people. I made lifelong friendships and have so many great memories spending time with this group of people. I know I will stay in touch with many of my classmates, as well as be great supports for each other when we start teaching in our own classrooms in just a few years.
I highly recommend the BSME program to all math education students, and also all math students who are even the slightest bit interested in education.

50 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

BEME Fall 2021

The BSME program has provided me with new problem solving skills and introduced me to a new style of teaching math. In the program I took a practicum course where I went to Hungarian schools and observed teachers teach math (translated in English by my professor) using the Hungarian approach of teaching. I also took a Gamification course which explored different ways to make math more engaging for students using games and manipulatives. The last BSME course I took was a Geometry Problem Solving course where I saw geometry again for the first time since 9th grade. This course was very beneficial for teaching geometry and providing students with problems that tailor to the discovery learning method of teaching. Although I only took three BSME course, there are a few others also offered.

During my time in Budapest, I have made many genuine friends with people I would otherwise have never met. Being from a small town, this is experience has broadened my understanding of the world and strengthened my sense of responsibility as a young adult.

Overall, there is so much more I could say about this study experience for future math educators, but I think you should go experience it for yourselves.

53 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

BSME educates more than just math

Choosing to come to Budapest for a semester through BSME is one of the best decisions I have made. As a rising junior, my studies had begun to stagnate. I was feeling the senior slump since freshman year. Classes weren't giving me a better sense of "what I wanted to do with my life;" I was monotonous, dispassionate, and simply going through the motions. But BSME flipped that around from Day 1. BSME provides a safe learning environment for me to start rethinking the way I process math. I am pushed out of my comfort zone into exploring concepts that are unfamiliar and a culture that is completely new. The BSME curriculum allows me to visit Hungarian math classes and experience alternative teaching methods that we are not exposed to in the US while helping me improve my critical thinking and reasoning skills.

One of the famous Hungarian mathematicians is Posá, who developed a method called "discovery learning" where the goal is to lead students to deriving generalizations on their own through iterated problem solving. Even though only one of the BSME classes focuses on discovery learning, it has been the theme of my semester. Whether I am discovering underground pubs, a new cafe, friendships, how to cook for myself, or new math tools, I am learning in an environment where mistakes are celebrated and thinking outside the box is encouraged.

What would you improve about this program?
I love the current size of the program. I want more students to have access to BSME, but as the size grows, the program will lose the intimacy that it currently has.

I also wish there was more of a diversity in subject matter. DLP and PSM feel very similar, so it would have been nice to have a different alternative instead of one of those.
70 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

A Beautiful City

This program could not have been better. The teachers were all incredible and obviously very talented at what they do, and presented problems that were both challenging and hard to stop thinking about. The visits to Hungarian math classrooms were fascinating and gave me tons of ideas for practices I would like to use in my own class. The administrators were all incredible supportive, and were always checking in to make sure we were adjusting well to living in a foreign country. I made friends I know I'll never lose, and who all shared a love for math or math education. The city is beautiful, safe, inexpensive, and full of festivals and delicious food, as well as a great starting point for travel anywhere in Europe, especially the Czech Republic and Austria. I really couldn't have asked for a better study abroad program or a better place to spend four months of my life.

82 people found this review helpful.

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