Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science - potential cooperation FUN affiliate institutions

Department of History and Philosophy of Sciences of Eotvos Lorand UniversityDear FUN Officer,

I am writing you to bring to your kind attention the BUDAPEST SEMESTER IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE (BSCS, website:, a Hungarian study abroad program conducted in English, that may be of interest to undergraduate students in this dynamic field. We are confident that BSCS is well suited to provide added value to the students through its solid academic content, and we share the commitment to high-level teaching and research in this multi-faceted discipline with the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.

BSCS, established in 2003 focuses on cognitive science from an interdisciplinary perspective and offers credit-earning courses for neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, biology, computer sciences majors; as well as continuous and optional intensive Hungarian language courses. programme is complemented by an optional independent research module tailored to students’ curricula and research interests.

BSCS is hosted by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary's premium science university established in 1635 and  serving as a centre of excellence for modern higher education, covering nearly every scientific discipline. A world-class new campus has been added to the premises of ELTE, built on the scenic banks of the Danube and hosting the Faculties of Natural and Social Sciences and Informatics, where BSCS courses are conducted.

The BSCS Faculty comprises of highly accomplished experts with international research and teaching experience.  Lecturers headlining the program between  2004-2009 included Professors, in addition to leading academic staff of ELTE, from highly distinguished universities, such as UC Berkeley; Indiana University;  University of Sussex; Kalamazoo College; Hokkaido University; etc.

Budapest provides an excellent and highly inspiring setting given the fact that this vibrant metropolis is a hub of a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and research; boasting a bustling Central European experience with a growing English-speaking academic community. Furthermore, the city serves as a gateway to Vienna, Prague and other major attractions of the region.

Our programme has had a a long-standing tradition of welcoming students of very diverse academic backgrounds from predominantly the United States and Central Europe, and our aim is to take BSCS to another level now by reaching out to further prestigious specialised academic institutions, thus paving the the way for an enhanced cooperation. light of the above, we are confident that BSCS, in cooperation with FUN Members,  has a potential to enhance the international and intercultural understanding and skills of students, and we sincerely hope that given its close link to the curriculum offered by your institution, students will show interest  in our programme.

Please allow me to invite you to visit our website for more detailed information ( and I should like to reassure you of my full availabity to engage in further discussions with you on the above described programe.

I look forward to your kind reply,
With kind regards,
Szilvia Lehel
BSCS Study Abroad Programme Manager