Budapest, a city of two million, is situated on both sides of the river Duna (Danube). Eight graceful bridges link the charming hills of Buda on the river's west bank to cosmopolitan Pest on the east. The construction of the Royal Palace on Buda's Castle Hill was begun over 700 years ago. Actually, the history of this district dates even earlier; a thousand years before the Hungarian kings, Roman warriors maintained a military settlement there to guard the "limes" of the Empire. Buda and Pest were united in 1872 and the union grew into the friendly metropolis we see now in modern Budapest with its elegant boulevards, coffeehouses, and concert halls.
The architecture of Budapest displays the influence of many other cultures---from Turkish baths reminiscent of the country's 150 years of struggle with the Ottoman Empire, to the modern Hyatt Hotel on Roosevelt square which in turn faces the 140-year-old edifice of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The city dominates the cultural, economic, and political life of the nation. Budapest hosts eleven universities, two opera and ballet theaters, scores of theaters, museums, art collections, and parks< plus many cinemas, discos, and sports arenas.
Semesters in Mathematics
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics courses comprise 14 weeks of teaching plus one week of exams. Each course usually meets three to four times per week for a total of 42 contact hours per semester. Normally, one Budapest Semesters in Mathematics course transfers either as 3 or 4 semester hours depending on an evaluation of course material done by the home institution. Classes are taught in English by eminent Hungarian professors, most of whom have had teaching experience in North American universities. In keeping with Hungarian tradition, teachers closely monitor each individual student's progress. Considerable time is devoted to problem solving and encouraging student creativity. Emphasis is on depth of understanding rather than on the quantity of material. Courses may be taken Audit, Pass/No Credit, or Graded.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (the officiating university). Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Students are asked to indicate their preference among the two housing options:
- renting a furnished apartment and sharing it with other Budapest Semesters participants
- living with a Hungarian family as a member of the family.
Opting for an apartment offers most of the comfort to which students are accustomed. Living with a family provides substantially less privacy, however, it could be the most rewarding choice by enhancing the cross-cultural experience.
NC State students may study abroad through any program sponsored by a U.S. accredited institution, accredited third-party provider, or direct enroll at an accredited institution overseas. Programs vary, and you will need to contact individual program sponsors for specifics.
To apply for a non-NC State program you should submit the application materials to the non-NC State program provider. Additionally, in order to remain enrolled at NC State during your time abroad, you must complete the NC State Student Application for Semester/Year (or Summer) Non-NC State Programs by clicking "Apply Now" on this page.
As part of this application, you will download and print the Course Approval Form. You will take this form, and a printout of course descriptions for all courses that you might want to take while abroad, to your Academic Advisor and also to the designated advisor in your major college(s) for approval for transfer of the classes you plan to take abroad towards NC State course requirements. Course descriptions should be obtained from the program sponsor.
Students going on non-NC State semester programs are required to attend the pre-departure orientation, and students going on non-NC State summer programs are strongly encouraged to attend orientation. You will complete similar financial aid information as students going on NC State programs. Students going on non-NC State programs are eligible to apply for scholarships from the Study Abroad Office.
All transcripts for non-NC State Programs should be sent to the Study Abroad Office at:
NCSU Study Abroad Office
315 University College Commons
Campus Box 7344
Raleigh, NC 27695