Student Comments

“The BSME program was a fantastic program that’s unlike any other program I have come across. This program was geared towards my major (Secondary Education – Mathematics) more than even my classes in college were. I learned so much in these 6 weeks about mathematics education. I am now a teacher, and I have been using the skills that I learned abroad every day in my classroom. I also learned how to navigate the city, which is an empowering feeling by itself….It is so cheap to live in Hungary. You can get a meal for a fraction of the cost it would be in the US. Most importantly, I made the most amazing friends over in Hungary. It is a unique experience to be surrounded by so many like-minded people, especially when mathematics education is such a small cohort of people. I still remain in contact with my friends from this trip nearly every day. I recommend this study abroad trip to every mathematics education major because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

BSME Student – Summer 2018

“Spending a semester in Budapest is the best decision I’ve ever made. The astounding BSME program has changed the way I think about math and education. The people I was able to meet have forever changed the way I think about myself and the world. More than anything, I am incredibly grateful for the friends I’ve made. And don’t think this is goodbye, I plan on returning to Hungary as soon as possible.”

BSME Student – Spring 2016

“I really REALLY enjoyed this semester in the BSME program. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you’ve already had experience teaching math, or if you are just interested in mathematics education. I have learned so much and have had countless opportunities to improve my teaching abilities and learn more about Hungarian education.”

BSME Student – Fall 2017

“BSME was such a great opportunity and I am so sad to leave. I really enjoyed my classes this semester. They challenged me to think in new ways when it comes to math education, ways I had never considered before. I think it has been a really impactful experience for me that I will always remember.”

BSME Student – Fall 2017

“I participated in the first Summer 2018 BSME program, and I couldn’t have asked for a better first experience abroad. I am a mathematics major with interest in attending graduate school for secondary math education. The BSME program helped me to develop skills and acquire new ones for my future in teaching. I came back to the states with an abundance of knowledge of not only the Hungarian system of teaching mathematics, but also how we can add to the American system for the better. I am also very grateful for all of the relationships I made abroad. Everyone in the program was so welcoming, kind, and some of the best people I have ever met. I have made friendships that I will cherish forever. I would highly recommend this program for anyone interested in mathematics and learning more about a culture in the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary!”

BSME Student – Summer 2018

“My academic experience was amazing this semester. I could not have more good things to say about this program. I felt that I was definitely challenged academically, especially in having to prepare lesson plans. However, I now feel so much more confident in my teaching abilities, and I know I will carry the things I have learned here with me for the rest of my life.”

BSME Student – Fall 2017

“This was my favorite semester so far. I’ve always wanted to study abroad and want to teach math/work in education, so BSME is the perfect combination. The academic side is so interesting because I had never been exposed to Hungarian math education, but it really is something very unique, so cool to learn about, and to actually be able to see it happen. It’s even more special because you’re not just reading about it or studying it from afar but get to observe classes and hear about it from the students and teachers themselves. The discussion was always great and there were many “aha!” moments in classes when we found solutions or any sort of interesting discovery….I cannot say enough good things about this program, thank you to everyone at BSME for an incredible semester!”

BSME Student – Spring 2016

“I also met some of the most amazing people who are also passionate about education. And had the opportunity to explore Hungary and learn more deeply about a different culture than if I was a tourist. And I got to travel and experience other parts of Europe including Berlin, Barcelona, Stockholm, and Vienna with my friends in the program. I don’t know what more I could have asked for in a study abroad experience.  :)”

BSME Student – Fall 2018

“This program could not have been better. The teachers were all incredible and obviously very talented at what they do, and presented problems that were both challenging and hard to stop thinking about. The visits to Hungarian math classrooms were fascinating and gave me tons of ideas for practices I would like to use in my own class. The administrators were all incredible supportive, and were always checking in to make sure we were adjusting well to living in a foreign country. I made friends I know I’ll never lose, and who all shared a love for math or math education. The city is beautiful, safe, inexpensive, and full of festivals and delicious food, as well as a great starting point for travel anywhere in Europe, especially the Czech Republic and Austria. I really couldn’t have asked for a better study abroad program or a better place to spend four months of my life.”

BSME Student – Fall 2016

To read student reviews of the BSME program on third party websites visit:

https://www.goabroad.com/providers/budapest-semesters-in-mathematics-education

https://www.gooverseas.com/study-abroad/hungary/program/136961#program–reviews

Summer Program Reviews:

https://www.gooverseas.com/study-abroad/hungary/program/207344#program–reviews