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-five courses, although this may vary according to the individual. Here are the guidelines that we strongly recommend:

  • Take Practicum: Experiencing the Hungarian Approach through Observation and Teaching (PRC)
  • Take at least one of Discovery Learning: The Pósa Method (DLP) or Teaching Geometry through Problem Solving (GPS). Participants may elect to take both of these.
  • Take at least three education related courses (BSME mathematics education courses and Directed Research).

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. We typically offer four of these each semester—you can see the current course offerings here.

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 Field Experiences

For additional teaching experiences, BSME participants may take part in field experiences 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 field experience, posted with the student’s permission.

For more details about these field experience opportunities, refer to the Schedule and Syllabi page for the current semester’s field experience 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.
  • BSM mathematics courses tend to be more challenging than typical undergraduate courses. Be sure to check the syllabi of these courses for the prerequisite knowledge needed.

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


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.


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.