We are happy to welcome you to the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics. On this page you find a lot of useful information, including the schedule of the coming days. Please study this material carefully.


You are cordially invited to the

Welcome Party at 5 PM, on February 3rd, Friday

held in our school building (address: Bethlen Gábor tér 2 Room 214)

and the academic orientation session

held at the same address,

on February 6th   (Monday) 8:00 AM, Room 102

Please note that your participation in the academic orientation session is absolutely necessary!

During the academic orientation session we cover all basic information regarding your academic life during the next semester, while at the Welcome Party you will have a chance to meet most of your professors for the first time and discuss details of the forthcoming classes, or simply ask questions.
As the room may change the last minute, please look for the signs inside the Bethlen tér building

Courses will start in the same building on February 6th (Monday) morning at 10:15, i.e. right after the orientation.

The (brief) calendar of the semester is as follows:

Pre semester important dates

January 18th (We), 8:00 am Hungarian language course starts, Babilon language school.
January 19th (Th), 3:00 pm Pre-orientation for those who are already in Budapest, BSM (Bethlen Gábor tér 2.)
January 29th (Sat), Pre-registration data is due
February 2nd (Thu), Hungarian language course ends.
February 4th (Sat), 2pm Make-up practical orientation at BSM (at Bethlen Gabor Square 2; for those who did not take the language course)
February 4th (Sat), 4pm Living in Budapest ("hands-on city experience tour")

Spring 2017 Opening Program

February 3 (Fr), 5:00 PM   Welcome Party, Bethlen Gábor tér 2.
February 6 (Mo), 8:00 AM Academic orientation, Bethlen Gábor tér 2.
February 6 (Mo), 10:15 AM Classes begin, Bethlen Gábor tér 2.

Academic Calendar

First day of classes February 6 (Mo)
Registration deadline February 23 (Th) Noon
Feedback session February 23 (Th) 4 pm
Drop deadline May 12 (Fr) Noon
Last day of classes May 19 (Fr)
Final exams May 22-24 (Mo-We)
Goodbye Party, Grade report sheets handed out May 25 (Th)
Spring break
(no classes):
April 8 - 17
Official holidays (no classes): March 15th (We), May 1st (Mo)

1. May 1st Monday is a day off resulting in a long weekend for April 29-May 1.

Notes on Course Offerings

We have the recently usual high number of students this semester (about 75 students are expected), so we will offer all the "customary" courses, with the popular ones, such as introductory combinatorics in two different, parallel versions if needed, and several further optional math courses as a reading course. For non-math courses, the usual history course, Hungarian language courses (elementary, and intermediate), a course on Hungarian culture and three other non-math courses, a History of Modern Science, Mathematical Philosophy as well as a course on film analysis will also be offered.

While 90% of our course offers are fixed, we also have some brand new or sporadically offered courses each semester. This semester these include Fourier Analysis and Statistics through examples. For advanced students there will be three courses (advanced combinatorics, discreet dynamical systems and commutative algebra) cross listed with ELTE University, offered on their campus.

In addition, there is a great opportunity to take courses offered by the "Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education" program -- as these will provide you with a uniquely Hungarian experience. This separate program offers courses that are based on the high reputation of Hungarian mathematics teaching and nurturing talented high school students. See their course offerings here. (Note however that you should check with your home institution to see how their courses fit in with your major and other rules.)

We also mention here that there are courses given by the Budapest branch of McDaniel College, which you may wish to attend (without credit). These courses are held in the same building where we have the BSM classes but we cannot take care of scheduling conflicts; you will be able to audit these courses only if you do not have a BSM course at the same time. Again, these courses do not come with a BSM credit, unless special arrangements are made. In case you wish to attend any of them (even without credits), please contact Dezsô Miklós or Ágnes Szilárd, the Hungarian directors of the program. If you need a credit for those courses, you need (and will get) the permission of the local McDaniel office, but you should also check with your home institution if they accept them.
Please note that you may not be able to take some of these courses due to the limit on the number of students in a class (since McDaniel College naturally will admit their own students first).