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  • Locations: Budapest, Hungary
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll Recommended GPA: 3.5
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Class Level While Abroad: Junior
Language Courses Offered: Yes Minimum Credit Load: 15
Program Director: Brigitta Richmond Eligible Majors: Mathematics
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Academic Reference
Program Information:

As the capital of Hungary and the center of cultural and economic activities, Budapest is among the most beautiful cities in Europe. Bisected by the Danube River but connected by eight historical bridges--the more modern Pest on the east bank and historical Buda on west bank, Budapest offers changing perspectives between the flat and the hilly; the historical and the modern; the cultural and the industrial. The architecture, art, and history of the city make it a compelling city to visit, but  more, a great place to study mathematics!

Program Dates*
Fall Semester: Early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: Early February to late May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BMS) offers a program of studies for high-achieving and motivated students of mathematics
  • Upper level mathematics courses are taught in English by eminent Hungarian professors
  • Emphasis is placed on problem-solving, depth of understanding, and encouraging student creativity
  • Wide variety of mathematical courses offered
The “normal” course load is four classes for fall or spring semester, but you may take up to five math classes.   
It  is also possible to take a non-math class such as:
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • History of Modern Science
  • Hungarian Art and Culture
  • Hungarian Language (Beginner and Intermediate)
  • Introduction to Cinema 
Credits earned are posted on your Notre Dame transcripts and grades are calculated into your ND GPA.
  • have at least sophomore status
  • be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 3.5  (The average home school GPA is 3.7)
  • have completed one semester of Real Analysis (a first course in the Theory of Analysis) or Abstract Algebra by the start of the program
  • have strong motivation to study mathematics
Housing and Meals
Students will be asked to indicate a preference between the housing options below.  All homes will be within easy reach of the university using public transportation which is both frequent and inexpensive.
  • renting a furnished apartment shared with other BSMP students--each student has own bedroom
  • living with a host family
Special Considerations
A secondary application to BSM is required following your acceptance by Study Abroad.  This is a competitive program with rolling admissions so prospective students will want to apply early and have approvals and recommendations submitted by November 1 for Fall 2018 applicants.

Special Opportunities
You are encouraged to take a 2-week intensive Hungarian language course about two weeks prior to the posted dates of each semester. The cost of the pre-session will be covered by Notre Dame, but you must advise Study Abroad that you are planning to participate in the language pre-session.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.
Relevant Links
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics 
BSM flyer
Budapest Travel


This program is currently not accepting applications.