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Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science
Budapest, Hungary (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dorm Term: Fall
Program Advisor: Claire Retterer Area of Study: Computer Science, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology
Program Type: Study Center
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BSCS - Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science

Objectives and Scope

The Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science (in short BSCS) is an undergraduate study abroad program for students from the US and other countries aimed at broadening their understanding of cognitive science from an interdisciplinary perspective. Lecturers of the Program are distinguished experts with noteworthy international research and teaching experience. BCCS is run in Hungary by the Hungarian Cognitive Science Association ( and is affiliated with Eötvös University of Budapest (Hungary).  Eötvös University is Hungary's leading science and Liberal Arts University. 

Cognitive Science is a multidisciplinary approach to the human mind. It is sometimes considered a new “super-science” in the sense that it offers a common platform and a common language for numerous traditional disciplines ranging from biology and brain science to computer science to linguistics and philosophy. Every course is designed for the non-specialist student who has little or no prior familiarity with the given subject but is equipped with curiosity and is adequately intelligent to absorb new concepts, methods, and modes of thought.

BSCS is based on a block courses system. A block course means a one-week (i.e. 5 days), 5 hours per day, intensive course of 20 contact hours altogether (includes 4 days of teaching, and consultation as well as exam on the fifth). All BSCS block courses come in the form of lectures (occasionally accompanied with independent student work). Each BSCS course is a block course except some special courses. Classes of the special courses (e.g. Hungarian Language and Culture) are held in the afternoon. To a limited extent blocks may move within the block course system without prior warning. A block course ends with an assessment in the form of typically a written or oral examination.

Franklin & Marshall BSCS Course Equivalencies

SPM Equivalencies BSCS

BFB Equivalencies BSCS

PSY Equivalencies BSCS


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.

Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours.  If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive.

Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA. 

Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the college.  If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, home-stay, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study.   This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants.  In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses.  Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information. 

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