Study Abroad

Students who plan to spend some or all of their junior year away from Wellesley should begin investigating their choices well ahead, especially if they also plan to go to graduate school.

Some Wellesley courses required for the major are more likely to allow substitution by equivalent courses elsewhere than others, and an early conversation with the Department Chair can help the student plan as wisely as possible. Also, in some countries the differences in the educational systems can make it difficult for a student from the U.S. to take mathematics courses, since students in those systems study only mathematics.

In recent years, Wellesley students have successfully taken mathematics courses at 12-College Exchange schools, at their home-state universities, at various schools in the United Kingdom, in Budapest, and elsewhere. We draw your attention to one opportunity for study abroad that is particularly valuable for students who are interested in mathematics.

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. Budapest Semesters in Mathematics provides a unique opportunity for U.S. and other North American undergraduates to spend one or two semesters in Budapest studying under eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers. All courses are taught in English, and the classes are small. Fees and living costs are modest, and the school is near the center of historic Budapest. Several Wellesley students have studied in Budapest since the program began about 10 years ago. They reported it a valuable experience, both for their mathematical education and otherwise. Extensive information about the program can be found in the Mathematics Department Office and in the Study Abroad Office.

Other Programs

The Independent University of Moscow, established after the breakup of the Soviet Union, also offers a semester-long program (in English) for undergraduates, called Math in Moscow. The American Mathematical Society currently has a 3-year grant to support a small number of students (10 per year) in this program.

New York University has a new program to study mathematics abroad in London. The program is geared toward a liberal arts curriculum, with a focus on mathematics. See Fall Math program in London for further information.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Apr 1

Our second colloquium of the semester will be given by Shannon Stock from College of the Holy Cross.  We'll meet in 364 for snacks at 3:45 then head to 392 at 4:15 for her talk.

Monday, Apr 14

Student seminar this week will be led by Maria Tilden.  Join us for lunch at 12:20 in room 362, then we'll move to 364 around 12:35 for the talk. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, Apr 22

Our third colloquium of the semester will be given by Nathan Karst from Babson College.  We'll meet in 364 for snacks at 3:45 then head to 392 at 4:15 for her talk.

Monday, Apr 28

Student seminar this week will be led by Michelle Lam.  Join us for lunch at 12:20 in room 362, then we'll move to 364 around 12:35 for the talk. Everyone is welcome!

 

 

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