Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

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Hi everyone,

I've been thinking about this program, and was wondering if anyone knew how competitive it is to get in. I've heard that it's not competitive at all, that the only thing they really look for is your standard courses in analysis and algebra. Aside from that, they pretty much know that only people really excited and interested in math are going to apply, so they accept most people.

Any specific information on how early I should apply, or anything else like that?

Thanks a lot.
 

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*bump*... I would have thought at least one person went here :/
 
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well lets do some research.....
 
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ok here are a bunch of sites with names of, people who took aprt, and some descriptions of their expeirnces, and finally a list of problems from one of he courses. i suggest you try to contact some of the participants, or ask some of the schools they come from. one encouraging thing is these schools are all over the map, not just top elite ivies, although mit was also represented.



http://www.math.grin.edu/Budapest.xhtml

http://www.math.smith.edu/Local/guide/node59.html [Broken]


http://www.math.ncsu.edu/undergrad/Newsletter/v1.2/art13.html [Broken]


http://www.math.unl.edu/~ncuwm/opps/BSM.html


http://www.renyi.hu/~valko/pro/
 
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Thanks for the help. I just wish I could get some hard numbers: ratio of people who applied to people who got accepted, etc.

I guess that kind of data isn't available.
 
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well that will only be available from the program itself, i guess, but i am getting the impression it is possible to get in.


another nice program is the boston university summer program in number theory. (PROMYS? www.promys.org/ - 6k) have you thought about that? contact glenn stevens at BU. its for undergrads.

boston is the closest thing to budapest we have in the US.
 
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That's for highschool students, according to the application. I don't know if these "advanced seminars" that they speak of for "returning students" are open to undergrads, and even if so, the seminars look lukewarm.

I'm doing an REU this summermer as a rising junior, and I'll probably just do one next summer also (assuming I can get in -- tough stuff!).

I'm also getting the impression that it's not to competitive.

Thanks again though.
 
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oh thats right, the instructors at promys are undergrads.
 
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pretty much every summer there are undergrad programs at park city utah that are excellent, and very high level. in fact if you want you can sit in on the grad and research level part of the program and are even encouraged to sample around.

http://www.admin.ias.edu/ma/ [Broken]
 
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Thanks, I'd never seen that before.
 

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