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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Hungarian Housing options: Apartment, Homestay
Areas of study: Culture, Education, History, Hungarian, Math/Statistics Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Stand alone GPA: 9.0
Program Description:
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (BSME) is a study abroad 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 experience the mathematical and general culture of Hungary. BSME is specifically intended for those who are not only passionate about mathematics, but also the teaching of mathematics.

Participants study the Hungarian approach to learning and teaching, in which a strong and explicit emphasis is placed on problem solving, mathematical creativity, and communication. BSME instructors follow their own mathematical upbringing in Hungary and bring a creative spirit to the program. They challenge participants to take part in creating, rather than just learning, the material. BSME classes are held at the College International Budapest, near the city center, together with other study abroad programs, including Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM).

The BSME program is coordinated in North America at St. Olaf College and is housed at the College International Campus of the Technical University of Budapest.

Academic Program
The program begins with a non-credit, two-week intensive Hungarian conversation course required by Pomona. During the semester, students are expected to take at least three mathematics education courses (1.0 Pomona credit each), as follows:
  • Practicum: Experiencing the Hungarian Approach through Observation and Teaching (PRC). Strongly recommended for all students.
  • Discovery Learning: The Pósa Method (DLP) or Problem Solving in Secondary School Mathematics (PSM). Participants may elect to take both of these.
  • Concept Building through Games and Manipulatives (CBG).
Students also have the option to enroll in a Directed Research course (0.5 Pomona credit) or participate in an internship (no Pomona credit awarded).

If Pomona students enroll in more than three math courses, the three Pomona credits will be divided over the number of math courses taken. In addition, Pomona students are required to take a Hungarian language course (0.5 Pomona credits) and one elective in European history or culture (0.5 Pomona credits ). Students taking the Practicum course may substitute the European history or culture elective with the Directed Research course. All subject courses are taught in English. All courses will appear on the Pomona transcript, and all grades will be calculated into the Pomona GPA.

There is no P/NC option on this program.

Living Arrangements
Students live in homestays or in apartments with BSME students. 

Host Institution
Technical University of Budapest
St. Olaf College

Faculty Liaison
Gizem Karaali

  • Interest in learning and teaching mathematics.
  • Mathematically strong.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/19/2021 10/08/2021 TBA TBA