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Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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Description of Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

  • Year of foundation: 2005
  • Location: Middlebury, Oxford, UK
  • Students age: 18+
  • Number of students: 100+
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of study: university program.

The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and its humanitarian programme are carried out on a daily basis by Oxford scholars; it focuses on the needs of overseas students who have chosen Middleberry College as their alma mater.

The course program can be adapted to the needs of a particular student (including work with other institutions on basic loans). Students participating in the program have the right to reside in dormitories in St Michael's Hall, within walking distance of Keble and other colleges, libraries, museums, oxford shops.

The program is devoted to the study of the whole variety of means of human self-expression - literature, language, philosophy, history, art, music, theater - in historical perspective. Students can choose from a very wide variety of textbooks in the humanities and social sciences, covering popular topics to this day.

Educational process

The center has language courses in ancient, medieval and modern languages:

  • Latin
  • ancient Greek,
  • Old English and Middle English,
  • Old French,
  • Upper German and Middle High German,
  • Arab
  • Chinese
  • 16 European languages.

Courses in medieval and ancient languages are offered for both advanced students and beginners, in modern languages - only for advanced students.

Students cannot combine their studies at Middlebury-CMRS with work - this is the policy of the training center; it is believed that the academic workload does not allow students to work during the semester.

Scientific achievements

The Center publishes an annual almanac, where scientific works and journalism of students, teachers and staff are published.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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from 23253.00 £ / year
from 23253.00 £ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

Students are provided with dormitories in the common rooms at St Michael's Hall, and in the absence of beds, in other student dormitories nearby. All rooms are comfortably furnished and equipped with bed linen, duvets, pillows, blankets and towels. Linen is changed weekly, own clothes and towels can be washed in the student laundry room (equipped with washing machines and dryers).

St Michael's Hall was built in 1869–1875 and is a tall rectangular red brick building with large cones in the shape of arches 4 floors high. The Centre's activities are held in various premises.

The building is conveniently located in the city centre, within 150 metres of Carfax, the city's ancient crossroads and the centre of Oxford's academic, cultural and social life. The two junior deans live in the dormitory and are responsible for the well-being of the students during extracurricular hours.

Activities Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Outside of school hours, students can participate in all of Keble College's activities (except for group sports and private official events).


  • M-CMRS students are associate members of Keble College, which provides access to a wide range of amenities at Cable, including st. Michael's College's dormitory and infrastructure;
  • The Centre defines its curriculum independently and attracts faculty from all over the University of Oxford, not limited to the mother college;
  • It is an independent associate program that is not part of the University of Oxford.

Facilities and equipment at Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Full board is not included in the room rate at Middlebury CMRS. St. Michael's Hall has a self-catering kitchen and a dining room for students. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed at Cable College's cafeteria on weekdays (breakfast and dinner are available on weekends). Keble College also has its own café, which serves a variety of hot and cold drinks, soups, sandwiches, paninis, biscuits, fruit and muffins. Payment at the café is possible by credit card or cash. The Keble HB Allen Alumni Centre also has a café.

Students gain access to the Bodleian Library system, Keble College's library system, and the program's own resources. Access to electronic resources can be provided remotely, from any computer, including your own.

Admission dates and extra charges

The price of the program includes tuition, medical insurance, orientation, excursions and a common room in the residence.

Additional charges apply:

  • Books and consumables – $260;
  • Personal expenses – $1400/semester;
  • Accommodation in a separate room – 2100$/semester,
  • Meals in the student canteen - ~ $ 140 / week.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

Applicants to the program from other educational institutions are required to provide the following documents:

  • Personal statement and motivation letter;
  • A copy of the national passport with a certified translation;
  • Officially certified diploma, certificate or extract from the report card;
  • Form of approval of a consultant for foreign training;
  • Recommendations from the teacher in English;
  • Registration fee paid = 75 pounds.

Students must receive a GPA of B or higher in their core and language courses, with an overall GPA of B- or higher.

If students do not have adequate language training, attendance at an appropriate summer language school may be required prior to enrolment at the Middlebury Centre.

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  • Student supervision

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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