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Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Program sponsor: St. Olaf College

Along the River Danube.
Along the River Danube.

Students on this program take upper-level mathematics courses taught in English by eminent Hungarian professors from the Technical University of Budapest. Each course usually meets three to four times per week and is taught for 14 weeks, for a total of 42 contact hours per term. Students must have completed the equivalent of at least one semester of Abstract Algebra or Advanced Calculus (a first course in Analysis) prior to attending the Budapest Semester.

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Program Requirements


Students are required to have at least a sophomore status, be in good academic standing, and have completed one semester of Real Analysis or Abstract Algebra by the start of the program.


None; however, students will be required to take one Hungarian language course for each term on the program.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units.


Homestays with a Hungarian family or student apartments with other program participants.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $23,710

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing: $3,050
  • Meals: $3,150
  • Airfare: $800
  • Local transportation: $270
  • Books & supplies: $250
  • Personal expenses: $550
  • Visa: $80
  • GeoBlue: $215

Total: $8,365

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) program through St. Olaf's College, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the BSM program, you will be required to pay a deposit to St. Olaf's College to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay this deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your BSM tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • Program Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, this credit will appear on your CAESAR account after St. Olaf's has confirmed the payment.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Program Charges

If you receive an invoice from St. Olaf's College that includes your BSM tuition, you should not pay it. Northwestern will pay St. Olaf's directly for your study abroad tuition.

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.

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