Stanford House in Oxford

Stanford University has maintained a presence in the United Kingdom since 1965, and in Oxford since 1984. The first British programme opened at Harlaxton Manor, in Lincolnshire, and it moved to Cliveden House, in Buckinghamshire, in 1969.

The decision to create a permanent location in Oxford, and to focus on academic collaboration with Oxford University in 1984 was consequential. Stanford leased a group of buildings that were once single-family residences and had been acquired by Magdalen for use as undergraduate accommodation and began the process of renovation into a single centre: Stanford House.

Under the direction of Director Geoffrey Tyack, the centre grew from strength to strength, ultimately accommodating up to 45 undergraduates and one senior academic from Stanford coming to Oxford in any given time. The House has a thriving library of over 8,000 monographs, an archive and a small collection of art.

Stanford House currently maintains important collaborations with Magdalen, Brasenose and Corpus Christi Colleges, as well as The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, and The Department of Continuing Education.

An important component of our mission to facilitate academic exchange is currently fulfilled by the Kathleen Lavidge bursary, which sends six Oxford undergraduates to participate in study at Stanford.

Are you one of the many alumni from the Stanford Program in Britain? We are currently developing our archives for a history project. Please get in touch and share your story!