International networks

The Centre for Medieval Studies seeks and maintains close links with institutions, scholars and students beyond the UK.

Its faculty and student base have always had diverse national affiliations, and the CMS regularly hosts visiting fellows, scholars and speakers from around the globe (click here for more information about visiting research fellowships).

The CMS is also involved with a number of international collaborative projects and student exchanges. Some of these are outlined below.


CARMEN is a worldwide network of institutions and academics engaged in research on the Middle Ages. It brings together national associations, universities and related public/private bodies. Its core activity is to foster international collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects and networks.

The French of England

The French of England, a term describing the French texts that circulated in medieval England, is a major but under-researched field which has tended to fall between the nationalizing literary and cultural histories of England and France.

The project was inaugurated at Fordham University in New York City in 2001 to increase awareness of and access to the francophone texts of medieval England. It is now sponsored jointly by the CMS at Fordham and the CMS at York.

The project has received generous financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the USA and the Modern Humanities Research Association in the UK, and the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham.

Worldwide Universities Network: Multilingualism in the Middle Ages

The aim of Multilingualism in the Middle Ages is to further research into the cultural consequences and manifestations of multilingualism in the medieval west.

The project is a collaboration between the Universities of Bergen, Bristol, Leeds, Madison-Wisconsin, Manchester, Oslo, Penn State, Utrecht, and York, in association with Brepols Publishing.

Faculty and students at the CMS are active contributors to the frequent video seminars, which are viewed live and interactive at sites across the partnership.

Student exchange schemes

ERASMUS scheme

The CMS has reciprocal ERASMUS exchange arrangements with the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands that enables CMS students to spend a term in Utrecht. ERASMUS is part of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme.

Fordham/York exchange programme

The Fordham/York exchange programme is a reciprocal scheme that enables students at the CMS to work at and attend conferences at the CMS at Fordham (and vice versa)

Brepols Publishing work placement (Turnhout, Belgium)

The placement provides students with a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of academic publishing and editorial processes.