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Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science
Budapest, Hungary (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall
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Restrictions: F&M applicants only
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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
Program Description:
Program Description:

BSCS - Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science

Overview

Budapest is an hub of a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and research; and is a vibrant city that boasts a bustling Central European experience with a growing, English-speaking academic community centered around the city's numerous prestigious Universities and Institutes. The capital of Hungary therefore is not only an economic, cultural end educational center of the region, but has also successfully adapted herself to the new global realities of the 21st century.

The Program provides:
  • An introduction to cognitive sciences at an undergraduate level
  • Safe and assisted experience of living in a European environment
  • An opportunity to gain insight into Hungarian and European culture and history, as well as to acquire an optional knowledge of the Hungarian language.


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.
 

Highlights and Benefits

  • STUDY ABROAD AND EXPLORE EUROPE - AT A REASONABLE COST
    • The key benefit provided by this Program to students is the opportunity to complete a semester abroad with a high-level academic content that is recognized by the sending institution and at the same time requires significantly less financial commitment than a semester undertaken in the US or in Western Europe, due to the lower cost of living incurred in Budapest.
  • CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
    • The Program provides the opportunity to experience life in Hungary and in Central and Eastern Europe in a safe and assisted way. Both students and faculty have diverse backgrounds, and a significant number of them come from Eastern Europe.
  • GATEWAY TO VIENNA, PRAGUE, AND THE REST OF EUROPE
    • Hungary is a member of the European Union. Budapest is located just 250 kilometers (155 miles) away from Vienna and 300 kilometers (185 miles) from Prague, making these wonderful cities, along with many other European destinations easily accessible and perfectly suitable for a long weekend getaway. BSCS provides assistance to students who wish to organize such visits within Europe during their stay

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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