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Study Away Options in Mathematics

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Semesters Abroad

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

Several Simon's Rock students have participated in this program. The courses are taught in English, but participants are encouraged to take a brief course before classes start to introduce them to the Hungarian language. There is a wide range of courses available and lots of opportunities to interact with other students in the program, the math faculty, and other residents of the city. The semester 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 56 contact hours per semester. Prerequisites: One semester of Modern Algebra or one semester of Analysis.

Simon's Rock Alumni who attended Budapest Semesters in Mathematics include:

  • Daniel Packer, Fall 2016
  • Melissa Sherman-Bennett, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
  • Ethan Acklesberg, Fall 2014
  • Sarita Rosenstock, Spring 2011
  • Michael Borkowski, Spring 2005
  • Ben Harris, Spring 2004
  • Robert Young, Spring 2001
  • Ben Webster, Spring 2001
  • Jeff Legge, Spring 2000

Math in Moscow

The program started in 2001, at the Independent University of Moscow. The Independent University of Moscow is a small college for future research mathematicians. A Math in Moscow semester lasts 15 weeks. Students take a minimum of three courses in the full-time program. Course selections include 21 math courses, two theoretical computer science courses, Russian language, Russian history, and history of science and Russian literature are also offered. All the classes are taught in English. Each course is taught four academic hours per week. Prerequisites: One semester of Modern Algebra or one semester of Analysis.

The American Mathematical Society offers a few scholarships; see link below.

Central European University

Central European University (CEU) in Budapest has strong offerings in the fields of Applied Differential Equations, Applied Statistics, Financial Mathematics, and Mathematical Biology, among others. Classes are at the master's level. This study-away program is administered at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson).

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Mathematics at Aberdeen is known for research in both Pure and Applied areas. Students can choose between focusing their attention on Mathematics or spreading their interests to combine it with other subjects. The university offers undergraduate courses in mathematics and mathematical sciences. Students can spend a semester or full year in this program.

Jacobs University Semesters in Math

Jacobs University is located in Bremen, Germany. All instruction at Jacobs University is in English, and the student body is very international. There is a flexible selection of classes in pure and applied mathematics. Program participants are integrated into undergraduate classes with students from Europe and around the world. The application deadline is May 15 for the Fall Semester and October 15 for the Spring Semester.

Simon's Rock Alumni who attended Jacobs University include:

  • Daniel Packer, Spring 2017

Summer Studies

PCMI Summer School

PCMI is located in Park City, Utah, and the program is roughly three weeks long. It is open to undergraduates at all levels. There will be many organized activities, with some specifically targeted at students at the introductory level and others at more advanced students. There will also be time for study groups and individual projects guided by advisors, as well as other activities.

International Summer School

The International Summer School is open to students in their first two years of college. Lectures are in English. The program runs 10 to 11 days. It features plenary talks and mini courses by leading international mathematicians. Students and instructors live on the Jacobs University campus in the northern German city of Bremen. There are opportunities for formal and informal interaction between lecturers, students, and tutors.