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Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Oxford - Semester Programme
Oxford, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies 
Courses Offered: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.5
Housing: Dormitory, Homestay
Minimum Language Prerequisite:
Judicial & Academic Check:
Type of Program:
Semester +
Program Description:

The Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies was founded in 1975 by Drs John and Sandy Feneley: first, to establish in Oxford a permanent institute for the interdisciplinary study of the medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods; second, to provide an academic training for overseas students who wish to complete part of their education in Oxford but are not matriculated members of the University.

Why choose CMRS for study abroad?

Today, after nearly 40 years of experience, our programme offers a number of unique advantages:

    • a first-rate academic programme which gives students a genuine experience of Oxford tutors and lecturers and the traditional Oxford one-to-one tutorial, but which is carefully designed to serve the needs and requirements of students at US colleges and universities
    • a superbly located building right in the centre of Oxford which has all the facilities to be a home-from-home as well as a centre of intellectual endeavour and a base for exploring the university, city and beyond.
    • an excellent library of some 20,000 volumes dedicated to CMRS students' needs, and access to Oxford's remarkable, huge network of libraries
    • a uniquely close relationship with Keble College, one of Oxford's largest and friendliest colleges, where CMRS students can use the full range of social and academic facilities
    • close links with a network of US colleges and universities, especially in the CMRS Consortium
    • remarkably good value for money

We have something like 4100 alumni, so you don't just have to take our word for it, see what some of them have to say.

Applying to CMRS

Full details of applying for the CMRS semester programme, including application and reference forms are on our How do I apply? page. Faculty interested in the various summer opportunities should visit to the Research section.


The CMRS Semester Programme is planned primarily for undergraduates in their junior and senior years, and first-year graduate students. The emphasis at CMRS is on scholarship. The academic programme is carefully devised so that students receive either specialized training in Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies or follow a more general course of studies in the Liberal Arts. Teaching at CMRS is provided by one-to-one teaching in tutorials, supplemented by small seminar classes and an integral lecture course. The Oxford tutorial system ensures the closest possible cooperation between teachers and pupils.

Ten weeks of each semester coincide with the University's Michaelmas or Hilary Terms, and the CMRS programme of tutorials and seminars is planned to take advantage of Oxford's academic and cultural life. The remaining four weeks are devoted to the intensive lectures and field trips of an Integral Course, which provides a framework for the more detailed work of the tutorials and seminars. During a semester a student takes four courses in all for a total of 16 semester credits.

Academic Credit for Coursework Abroad

Credits earned abroad will count toward your degree at St. Mary's, often fulfilling Core Curriculum, major requirements, or elective credit. 

To transfer credits to St. Mary's, SMCM students complete the Pre-approval of Transfer Credit Process via the Online application system. The IE Office will work with the Registrar and department chairs to determine equivalencies for individual courses taught abroad.  As stated in the catalog, the College may refuse to grant credit for study-abroad courses taken by the student that have not been pre-approved.

Student Life

Living and Eating at CMRS

Forty students live in St. Michael's Hall in central Oxford in double occupancy rooms. Each room has a bed, wardrobe, chest, desk or table, desk lamp, chair, and linens. Students share hallway bathrooms.

St Michael's Hall offers a lecture hall, seminar and tutorial rooms, library, rare book room, computer room, accommodation for 40 students, Common Room with television, DVD player, books and games, a fully-equipped student kitchen and dining room. The Common Room is the social center for CMRS students.

CMRS students may pay for meals in the Dining Hall at Keble College throughout each semester. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (brunch and dinner only on Saturdays and Sundays) are served. Keble College also has its own cafe. As there is no board plan with Keble College, students are free to eat wherever they like--in town, at Keble, or in the St. Michael's Hall kitchen.


Student Activities

The social atmosphere at Keble College is relaxed...but students interested in music, drama or sports will find plenty to do. Keble has a strong music tradition and facilities to match.

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Staying Fit

As one of the larger Oxford colleges, Keble is active and successful in most sports. A modern, fully equipped gym is open each day of the term for a small additional fee. There are student-run clubs in all major University sports, offering teams at all levels of ability and commitment.

The city of Oxford also offers facilities for sports, fitness, and recreation.

University Societies

The university-wide range of clubs and societies is impressive, and covers music, drama, politics, religion, sport, and many other subject areas and fields of interest. Membership of most clubs is relatively cheap and, study-time permitting, can be an excellent way of meeting people outside CMRS and Keble College. A notable resource is the Oxford Union Society, a private members' club situated very near to St. Michael's Hall. Membership includes cafeteria/restaurant facilities, a bar, and a sizeable lending library. As a debating society, it enjoys unparalleled worldwide prestige. Speaker meetings and other events occur daily in term.

Computer and IT Center

CMRS has a networked AppleMac computing system with permanent access to the Internet. The Computer Room, open 24 hours a day, has AppleMacs and a cross-platform printer for general use. Hardware and software are upgraded and expanded regularly. There are ethernet points in teaching rooms and every study-bedroom in St Michael's Hall, and all of the building is covered by wireless networks. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Source: CMRS web site and 2011 Prospectus

The City of Oxford - Local Area Information

The city of Oxford offers a wealth of cultural activities in drama, music and applied arts. There are several world-famous museums and art galleries, such as the Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean, and two good theatres, the Playhouse and the New Theatre. Oxford also offers all the facilities of a modern city with a good shopping centre, restaurants and sports facilities. St Michael's Hall is situated in the very heart of the city making access to these sites easy.

Oxford is also well-situated as a center for rail and coach travel to all parts of the United Kingdom. Evening visits to the theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon and London are quite feasible, departing in the late afternoon and returning by midnight.

For more information about Oxford, visit:
  1. Visit Oxford:
  2. Oxford University:
  3. Britain's Heritage Cities, Oxford Top Ten:
  4. City Information:
  5. City Museums:
  6. Directory:
  7. University Museums:


Financial Aid

Students who would like to apply financial aid to a study-abroad program must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by February 15 of each calendar year. Please contact the St. Mary's Office of Financial Aid (240 895-3000) for more information about this application.

Scholarships are available for study abroad. The Office of International Education offers a web resource page for scholarships; don't limit your research to this resource. Any undergraduate scholarship may be applied toward credit-bearing study-abroad programs since participation in these programs earns credit towards degrees. SMCM Study Abroad Scholarship Awards range from approximately $250-$1000.

Payments and Services

Students who choose to study abroad with a St. Mary's Semester Abroad program will be billed by the Business Office as part of the normal billing cycle. Your bill is available through the Portal.  You will make payments for tuition and mandatory fee directly to St. Mary's College of Maryland in the same way that you would if you were staying on campus.  Program-specific fees and payments vary across program offerings; you need to consult the program-specific payment and service information for these payment details. 

 Judicial and Academic Checks

Please note current and/or previous academic or disciplinary sanctions may affect your ability to go abroad.

This program is currently not accepting applications.