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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Oliver Jones Program type: Direct Enroll
Area of study: Hungarian, Mathematics Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.2
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Graduate courses available: No
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English, Hungarian
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

Hungary has had a longstanding tradition in excellence in mathematics. The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics provides a unique opportunity for North American undergraduates; through this program, mathematics and computer science majors may spend one or two semesters in Budapest and study under the tutelage of eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers.

"I took a brief, intensive language course which allowed me to immerse myself a little more in the culture. I would go to markets and speak to everyone in Hungarian, and I had a regular coffee shop I went to, where the owner became a nice acquaintance to see every morning. I also went to every cultural event offered through the program, learning more about the history, the cities, and the life in Hungary. Through all of this I made some of the best friends I've ever had in the short time I was abroad, growing as a mathematician, a student, and a person with them. I cannot emphasize enough how amazing this experience was for me personally. It broadened my entire world experience and made me grow more than I ever have before."
-UNC student, Summer 2018


Study in the "Little Paris on the Danube," which Budapest is often called because of its spectacular seating on the Danube river and its elegant boulevards, coffeehouses, and concert halls! Budapest, a city of two million, is situated on both sides of the river. Eight bridges link the charming hills of Buda on the river's west bank to cosmopolitan Pest on the east bank.

Courses & Credits

Please note that you must have completed one semester of advanced calculus (a first course in the theory of analysis) or abstract algebra by the start of the program to be eligible for the Budapest Semesters in Math. Students will take classes taught in English together with other international students. The instructors of the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics are members of Eotvos University and the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the two institutions known for having educated more than half of Hungary's acclaimed mathematicians. Classes are held on the College International campus of the Technical University Budapest, which is near the historic city center. The BSM website has detailed information on courses offered, as well as syllabi.

Semester Program
The Babilon Language School offers a 2-week intensive language course in Hungarian about two weeks prior to the beginning of each semester for an additional charge. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in this pre-semester language program.

Summer Program
Students are expected to take two full-credit courses and courses meet two hours per day, four days a week. There is an optional Hungarian language course in the summer offered typically two weeks before the start of the summer program.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
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When in Budapest, you will meet the student coordinator and the program director. They will help get you settled in your housing and show you the ropes. Students can live in shared apartments and sometimes in student residences or with a family. This is not a regular homestay but rather renting a room with a family. You will be responsible for cooking your own meals in all of these housing options. The staff will also assist you with any questions you might have during your studies in Budapest.

Summer program housing: Students will be housed in furnished apartments near the historic center of Budapest.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution.
  3. In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
10/04/2020 01/04/2021 05/23/2021
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/10/2021
03/05/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 04/01/2021 04/15/2021 TBA TBA

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