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Summer@BSME is a six-week summer program in Budapest for those interested in the learning and teaching of secondary mathematics. Participants take a variety of courses in mathematics education and complete a week-long field experience. Come experience the Hungarian approach to learning and teaching of mathematics—which emphasizes problem solving, creativity, and communication—as well as the rich and vibrant culture of Hungary.

Dates for Summer 2018

Summer@BSME is a six-week program. We meet roughly four to five hours a day, four to five days a week. All courses (except for the field experience) are held at the BSME Campus.

In 2018, Summer@BSME will run from early July to mid-August. The exact dates of the program will be determined and posted here in September, 2017.

Academic Program

Summer@BSME has two academic components: (a) courses in mathematics education and (b) field experience at a mathematics camp for secondary students. Participants learn about the Hungarian approach in their course work; in the field experience, they obtain first-hand experience on how the methods learned in the courses are put into practice.

Mathematics Education Courses: Each of the following is a half-credit course that runs for two weeks and consists of about 20 contact hours. (Note: 1 contact hour equals 60 minutes.)

  • Discovery Learning: The Pósa Method
  • Problem Solving in Secondary School Mathematics
  • Concept Building through Games and Manipulatives
  • Technology in Mathematical Problem Solving

Practicum: This half-credit course has an in-class component and a field experience component during the program’s first and last weeks, respectively. In total, the course consists of about 30 contact hours.

  • Practicum: Experiencing the Hungarian Approach through Observation and Teaching

St. Olaf College is the School of Record for Summer@BSME and provides the transcripts.
See this page for how credits from BSME courses typically transfer to participants’ home institutions.

Academic Schedule

Please see the Summer@BSME: Academic Schedule page for details.

BSME Instructors

The BSME instructors are Hungarian teacher scholars who follow their own mathematical upbringing in Hungary and bring a creative spirit to the program. They challenge our participants to take part in creating, rather than just learning, the material. All courses are taught in English, and BSME instructors have had experience teaching both at the secondary level and college level.

Tuition and Costs

Please see the Program Costs (Summer) page for details.


Please see the Housing (Summer) page for details.