BSCS students obtain guest student status in Eötvös University, with an access to Eötvös’s student facilities.
BSCS faculty and courses are detailed separately.
Students are not required to buy textbooks (with the exception of language courses). All courses are based on lectures. Teaching material is developed (or, in the case of readings, collected) by the faculty and distributed to the students. Classroom teaching is supplemented by readings and by further assignments (such as Internet or library-based student research) outside of class hours.
Resources available to students include a library with a number of select professional books and reviews in the English language, as well as a limited number of PC-s will permanent Internet access. Internet is available in the classroom and free WiFi in various University areas.
We are currently seeking external accreditation through a US University. At the moment the main quality control is exercised by the board of directors and by Eötvös University. The Department of History and Philosophy of Science has received “excellent” marks in the last national Teaching and Research Quality Assessment in Hungary. A further component of surveillance is exercised through the US Director and the students’ host Institutions. In 2004 & 2005 three on-site visits were performed by US home College administrators.
Transcript: Every BSCS student who attends at least 90% of the classes and meets the requirements of every examination receives a Certificate from Eötvös University which shows the duration and other specifics of the courses attended as well as the grades obtained. US compatible official transcripts are also provided for all completed courses.
Credits: Students’ home universities typically require the achievement of credits as result of a study abroad stay. Recognition of the credits by the students’ home university must be negotiated in the application phase in the case of doubt. BSCS’s credit system is fully compatible with the credit system of Eötvös University, which strictly follows the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). For official ECTS information, please consult here and additionally here.
In the ECTS framework, a one-semester course with 20 contact hours typically earns 2 ECTU (European Credit Transfer Units). Accordingly, the whole BSCS semester earns altogether 24-30 ECTU (see separately; see also “Grades” below).
Credits Transfer Official: the Credits Transfer Official of the BSCS is the General Director.
Typically, there will be an oral examination at the end of each course. Students receive a grade for each examination as well as a summary grade (the average of the grades obtained) in the Certificate.
Oral examinations are a common means in the European higher education system. An oral examination is conducted in the form of a dialogue between the teacher and a student. As a rule, the student may take time to prepare for the answers. Oral examinations at Hungarian universities are open to the public (practically: fellow students) to ensure transparency. Dates and places are announced in the courses.
In Hungary, grades are on a five-degree scale that ranges from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best and 1 the worst. The grades and their official meanings are: 5 “excellent”, 4 “good”, 3 “medium”, 2 “sufficient”, 1 “insufficient”. As implied by the name, grade 1 means failure to pass.
Equivalence issues concerning the different national grading systems and credit systems should be consulted with the Study Abroad Office of the student’s home university and with the Program Chair of BSCS. In most cases, it is easy or straightforward to establish equivalence between different systems.
Undergraduates of all disciplines with a sufficient personal maturity to function in a different society. Any university undergraduate in good standing who by the time of the Budapest Semester has completed the first two semesters is eligible. Students from all disciplines are acceptable, although priority areas are given as: computer science and mathematics, natural sciences, philosophy, or psychology. Students from other disciplines should contact the BSCS Program Chair before application time, to discuss their personal backgrounds and expected benefits.
Selection of students takes place on a competitive basis, with previous student records being a sole criterion. On a US scale, the normally required grade at application time is GPA 3.0, on the 4 point scale. Students with a GPA less then 3.0 should inquire at the BSCS administrators or Directors.