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ASU: Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Summer
Areas of Study:
English, Honors, Humanities, Other
Program Type:
Faculty Directed
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Ilana Waldman
College Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Humanities)
Department/School Sponsor:
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Department of English
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


Group at Glastonbury Abbey

Quick Facts

July 6 - August 10, 2018

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Location Details

Oxford, England, has been made made prominent by its medieval university. It has a population of just under 165,000. The rivers Cherwell and Thames run through Oxford and meet south of the city centre. For a distance of some 10 miles (16 km) along the river, in the vicinity of Oxford, the Thames is known as the Isis.The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to students from any discipline. It is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and honors students.


A Distant Mirror: Fourteenth-Century English Literature and its Discontents

  • Offered for English and History credit:
  • ENG, HST 494 or 598 (3 credits)
  • Oxford Faculty Member - Prof. Ralph Hanna, Keble College, Oxford

Italy & English Drama: From Shakespeare to Shelley

  • Offered for English and History credit:
  • ENG 494 or ENG 598 or HST 494/598 (3 credits)
  • ASU Faculty Member - Prof. Mark Lussier, Dept. of English 

"A Distant Mirror: Fourteenth-Century English Literature and its Discontents"

The continuous English literary tradition we still celebrate emerged, in perhaps unlikely circumstances, during the period 1370-1400. We will read some introductory fourteenth-century history, a mirror in its persistent wars, pandemics, and efforts at regime change. And we will assess the representation of this historical surround in three foundational English poems, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Langland's Piers Plowman, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

"Italy & English Drama: From Shakespeare to Shelley"
"Italianate drama of the Renaissance[, Restoration and Romantic traditions] may be regarded as the most significant case[s] of appropriation of an alien culture, relying upon a protean myth which could easily be moulded to the dramatic needs of every playwright,” --Michelle Marrapodi, Shakespeare’s Italy
Across the 200-year span separating the dramatic works of William Shakespeare and Percy Bysshe Shelley, ample evidence can be found in support of Michelle Marrapodi’s claim of cultural appropriation (above). This course will perform (through an archaeological methodology) an excavation of these stratified epistemic layers of appropriation. Beginning with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and extending to Shelley’s The Cenci, our class will proceed in chronological fashion to explore the function of those dramatic appropriations within discrete yet varied aesthetic, cultural, historical, political and social contexts. Playwrights often appropriated Italian models and texts for adaptation on the English stage (e.g. Fiorentio’s Il Pecorone as source for The Merchant of Venice). Just as often these writers used Italian settings to project ‘local’ political complexities onto ‘global’ stages that distance those issues and therein reduced potential censorial and legal complications with governmental authorities (e.g. Thomas Otway’s Venice Preserv’d). The plays themselves will be ‘clustered’ in ways to support both critical/theoretical and geopolitical issues and should thereby underwrite examinations of the layers within a particular historical ‘moment’ and a specific cultural situation.

Group at Keble Dinner


Program Faculty

Mark Lussier
Professor, ASU Department of English

Program Support Staff

Breezy Taggart
PhD Candidate, ASU



Oxford CMRS Housing - Lounge

Program Housing


Students lodge in double shared rooms at St. Michael's Hall. Students will prepare their own meals and attend classes within the hall. Wireless internet is provided throughout the building. There are on-site laundry facilities for a small additional fee. See a virtual tour here!



Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $5160.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for 6 credits, lodging, group activities & cultural events, and some group meals. Not included: ASU student fees, airfare, passport & visa fees, meals, public transportation, independent travel, and miscellaneous items.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance. Please note that you can apply for the ACMRS Oxford Travel Grant that is available exclusively to students on this program.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 04/26/2017
Rolling Admission 07/07/2017 08/11/2017
NOTE: Please do not purchase airfare until prompted by your program leader or International Coordinator.
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/06/2018 08/10/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed