Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM)

Through the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, students learn mathematics from leading Hungarian scholars in English.  Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education.  The instructors of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics are members of the three institutions in Budapest known for having educated more than half of Hungary's highly acclaimed mathematicians. The school is near the center of historic Budapest, classes are small, living costs are modest, and all courses are taught in English.

Fields of study:

Mathematics, Hungarian language


Students must have completed one semester of Advanced Calculus (a first course in the Theory of Analysis) or Abstract Algebra by start of program. Admission is highly competitive and student must be motivated to study mathematics.  Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement).

Language Prerequisite:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August – December, January - May


Required Courses:
Hungarian Language - Whitman students are encouraged to take the optional pre-semester Hungarian Language course, but are required to take Hungarian Language during the regular semester.

A normal course load is four BSM courses (including Hungarian language)

Credit Conversion:

1 BSM Unit = 4 Whitman credits


Homestay with a Hungarian family or furnished apartment with other Budapest Semester participants




Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and applying early is highly recommended for the best chance of admission.

Program Link:

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM)