Brief History

BSME was conceived by the founders of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM), and the two programs share a common goal—to provide their participants with an opportunity to experience the mathematical and general culture of Hungary. BSME was designed specifically for those who are not only passionate about mathematics, but also the teaching of mathematics.

In 1985, BSM hosted the first semester of North American undergraduate students in Budapest. The program has grown in numbers and reputation over the years. At latest count, more than 170 colleges and universities have sent students to the program. More information about the history of BSM can be found on the BSM website.

With an increased national demand for teachers who can provide learning experiences centered on student inquiry, problem solving, and communication (to name a few), sharing the Hungarian approach with our future teachers felt like a natural step to undertake. Thus, a new program called Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (BSME) was established in 2014. The first BSME students arrived in Budapest in the fall of 2015. The summer program, Summer@BSME, welcomed its first cohort in 2018.

The BSME North American Office is located at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and is overseen by Pro Mathematica Arte, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.