The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2024
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The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) program will provide you with a unique opportunity to study under the tutelage of eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers. You will take a wide variety of courses curated explicitly towards Mathematics and Computer Science majors.


Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. At BSM, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of the skill and dedication of the mathematics faculties of Hungarian scholars. There is a wide variety of mathematical courses offered in areas of strength for Hungarian mathematicians, such as combinatorics, number theory, and probability theory.

An optional intensive language course is offered about two weeks before regular classes begin. You are encouraged to take advantage of this language training to gain deeper immersion into Hungarian culture.

Program Features

You will be housed in furnished apartments approved by BSM. Lodging is arranged by our Hungarian BSM Staff along with roommate assignments upon completion of your BSM Housing/Roommate form after acceptance.

BSM holds an orientation program at the beginning of each term designed to help you integrate into the academic culture. You will also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that include volunteer opportunities, music and dance workshops, sports organizations, and more.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary, and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.
    • This program is dedicated to providing a deeper immersion into the study of mathematics. It is recommended that students have an average home school GPA of 3.7 and have completed first theory course in analysis or abstract algebra. Please visit the program website for more information on admissions. You can also discuss this with the adviser listed on this webpage.