Academic Program

Academic Overview

BSME offers complementary experiences that support participants’ understanding of the learning and teaching of mathematics. Our academic program includes the following components:

Participants may also choose to take courses outside of BSME offerings.

Course Selection Guidelines

A semester in BSME lasts 15 weeks (14 weeks of classes and 1 week of exams). Each BSME course meets 3–4 hours a week for a total of 45–60 contact hours per semester. (Note: 1 contact hour equals 60 minutes.) See this page for how credits from BSME courses typically transfer to participants’ home institutions.

BSME participants typically take four courses, although this may vary according to the individual. Here are the guidelines that we strongly recommend:

Note: We recognize the different backgrounds of BSME participants, and we will work with each participant to come up with a course load that best suits his or her needs.

Mathematics Education Courses

BSME offers the following mathematics education courses that have a shared goal of engaging participants in the Hungarian approach to learning and teaching.

Directed Research

BSME offers a guided research opportunity, which includes introduction to background material, design and implementation of a research project, and public dissemination of the findings (presentation and/or paper). The research topic varies each semester and is determined by faculty expertise. The following topics have been explored in the past:

BSME Internships

For additional teaching experiences, BSME participants may take part in internships in which they give tutorials and/or workshops to Hungarian secondary school students. For example, you may elect to prepare and teach teach extra-curricular mathematics classes for grade 5–8 students at Derkovits School, a public school in Budapest (website in Hungarian only).

Reflection on the internship experience, posted with the student’s permission.

For more details about these internship opportunities, refer to the Schedule and Syllabi page for the current semester’s internship offerings.

Courses Cross-Listed with BSME

The following types of courses are cross-listed with BSME.

BSM mathematics courses: BSM offers a large selection of interesting and challenging mathematics courses. Typical BSM course offerings are on this page (scroll down to “History” section).

  • You may take at most one BSM mathematics course.
  • Mathematics courses that are cross-listed with BSME are on the Schedule and Syllabi page.
  • You are welcome to take any BSM mathematics course, even if it’s not cross-listed with BSME.

Humanities/Language/Culture courses:

  • We also offer courses in humanities, language, and/or culture that are cross-listed with BSME.

Courses Outside of BSME Offerings

Textbooks

BSME courses do not require textbooks, but you might need textbooks for courses in other disciplines and in BSM courses. These will be sold at the BSM Office. Contact the BSME Budapest Office for more information.

GRE/Putnam

To take the GRE while at BSME, go to the GRE website for information on how to register to take the exam in Budapest. Fall semester participants may take the Putnam Exam while in Budapest. The BSME North American Office will contact the Putnam advisor at your home institution, but your home institution must list you on their home school Putnam list to be eligible for participation.