Prospective Students

Program Background / Overview

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (BSME) is a semester-long program in Budapest, Hungary, designed for undergraduates and recent graduates interested in the learning and teaching of secondary mathematics. 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 is specifically intended for students who are not only passionate about mathematics, but also the teaching of mathematics.  Read More…

Who Should Apply?

We welcome undergraduates and recent graduates who are interested in teaching middle school or high school mathematics. Participants must be in their second year of college or above by the time they enter BSME.  Read More…

Hungarian Approach

In the Hungarian approach to learning and teaching, a strong and explicit emphasis is placed on problem solving, mathematical creativity, and communication.  Read More…

Note: Here is a sample task from a Hungarian classroom.

Student Comments

“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.”  Read more…

Connect with a Current/Former BSME Student

Would you like to ask current and former BSME students questions about their Budapest experiences? Send a request to Réka Szász and a current or former student will be in touch with you.

Budapest Sights

A member of the European Union, Hungary developed its distinctive culture over a thousand-year history, blending influences from East and West. Budapest is the capital of Hungary with population of 2 million. It is a beautiful historical city, with one of the most vibrant cultures in Europe. Famous for its graceful bridges, green parks, and delicious food, Budapest is a remarkably safe and pleasant place.  Read More…

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