Through the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, students learn mathematics from leading Hungarian scholars.  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.

“It is THE best way to learn mathematics and grow as a human being at the same time. First of all, the quality of mathematics instruction and the quality of the administration are top notch. No complaints. Secondly, living on your own in a foreign country makes you think a lot about how you’d like to live your life, how to structure your daily life to fit that and so on. Finally, Budapest’s central location makes it easy to travel to both Western and Eastern Europe, so the possibilities for cultural experiences are endless.” - Gregory H. ‘16

Student Blog:

Nathaniel Larson | Spring 2018

Fields of study:

Mathematics, Hungarian language


Students must have completed one semester of Abstract Algebra or Real Analysis by the start of the program. Admission is highly competitive and students must be motivated to study mathematics.  Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement).

Language Prerequisite:



16-19 credits per semester - Required Courses
Hungarian Language Semester course, Whitman requirement (4 credits)
Three or four additional courses (4 credits each)

Strongly Recommended
Pre-semester Hungarian Language course

Credit Conversion:

1 BSM Unit = 4 Whitman credits




Furnished apartment with other BSM participants or homestay with a Hungarian family.


Students purchase or prepare meals themselves


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

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August–December, January-May



Program Link:

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM)