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About Middlebury-CMRS

CMRS is the oldest existing study abroad programme associated with an Oxford college.

Founded as an educational charity in 1975 by Dr John and Sandy Feneley, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has provided a high quality study abroad semester programme in its extensive facility, St. Michael's Hall, at the heart of the ancient city of Oxford.

The programme established a close relationship with Keble College, one of the largest, friendliest and best equipped of the Oxford colleges.

In 2014, the CMRS programme became part of the global network of Middlebury College Schools Abroad.  Founded in Vermont in 1800, Middlebury is one of the best known liberal arts institutions in the U.S., and a leader in the field of international education, with programmes operating around the world.

Middlebury-CMRS students are associate members of Keble College, Oxford, with access to all its facilities.  They also hold Bodleian Library cards. 

The programme curriculum has been widened to include Humanities courses in all subjects and periods, including 19th and 20th century topics.  Languages and some Social Science courses are also available.

Today, Middlebury-CMRS pursues a wide and developing range of activities that stretch beyond our undergraduate semester programmes.

For faculty, Middlebury-CMRS provides a place to exchange ideas and pursue individual research interests. Middlebury-CMRS convenes annual faculty conferences and provides an opportunity for faculty to pursue their individual projects in Oxford.

MIddlebury-CMRS funds the CMRS Career Development Fellowship at Keble College and is proud to be the home of the Feneley Library Trust.  The Feneley Library holds over 16,000 volumes dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the medieval and early modern periods, as well as caring for several specialised collections on permanent loan.

The Principal of M-CMRS is Paul Monod, Hepburn Professor of History at Middlebury College and Fellow by Special Election of Keble College.

The Senior Tutor Dr. Bernard Gowers, is also a Research Associate in History at Keble.

The Administrator is Fiona Kilby.

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Thankful for every moment
I devoured the integral lectures, the seminars, the tea and biscuits, and the charming streets of Oxford. Aided by my tutors, my passion for the human...
Mike Rectenwald, Summer 2000, Geneva College