Oxford is a picturesque city on the rivers Cherwell and Thames (also sometimes known as the Isis locally) which run through Oxford to meet south of the city center. Oxford lies about 60 miles north-west of London. Buildings in Oxford demonstrate an example of every English architectural period since the arrival of the Normans, including the iconic, mid-18th century Radcliffe Camera. Oxford is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of Oxford's university buildings. The city itself has a long and eventful history with its roots in the 7th century. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and has been famous since the 12th century. Its 38 colleges provide a magnificent historic and architectural backdrop to the study of medieval and Renaissance culture. Oxford is ideally placed for easy access to London and to airports, rail and coach stations for weekend visits to the continent, Ireland or other parts of the United Kingdom. Students will have ample opportunity to travel on their own throughout the British Isles and/or other European destinations.

CMRS Oxford

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. CMRS is located in St. Michael’s Hall within 150 yards of Carfax, the ancient crossroads of the city and center of Oxford’s academic, cultural and social life. Excavations opposite the Hall in Shoe Lane support a 10th-century date for the layout of the streets and lanes adjacent to the building.

St. Michael's Hall

St. Michael’s Hall, built in the years between 1869 and 1875, was acquired in 1978. It is a tall rectangular building in red brick with large arched windows. From an arcade, the entrance leads upstairs to four floors on which are located the various activities of CMRS. Click here for a virtual tour of St. Michael's Hall