Blackfriars Oxford, England

University of Oxford (3.70 GPA)

Next Offered: Fall 2018; Spring 2019

Founded by Friars of the English Province of the Order of Preachers in 1221, suppressed during the Reformation and re-founded in 1921, Blackfriars Hall is one of the forty-five Colleges and Permanent Private Halls that make up the University of Oxford, and is located right in the heart of the city.

At Blackfriars Hall, academic study is informed by a common life of friendship alongside the Dominican community of Blackfriars Priory. As such, it continues the historic mission of the Dominicans, to engage with contemporary thought by participation in the life and work of a modern university that is committed to excellence in teaching and research. Visit the Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford website.

Academic Program

Visiting Students at Blackfriars Hall are able to follow accredited studies for one year in theology, philosophy, English literature and British history. There are many different courses to choose from and study during the year in Oxford. Some students study six tutorial courses in theology and philosophy, but others take three tutorial courses in theology and philosophy, and three from one of the other subject areas offered at Blackfriars. 

Your teaching will be provided primarily through weekly tutorials, usually on a one-to-one basis, where you discuss with the tutor an essay you have prepared. You will receive either two tutorials a week or one tutorial and one class. As well as lectures at Blackfriars you will be able to attend an extremely wide range of lectures and seminars in the University. 

You will be able to read not only in our own specialist library, but also in the Bodleian library, one of the world's largest and most prestigious academic libraries. You will be able to borrow books from the Theology Faculty library and the other Faculty libraries relevant to your courses. 

  • Full year program (October, 2018-June, 2019)
  • Oxford does not follow the semester system. There are three terms: Michaelmas (Oct.-Dec), Hilary (Jan-March) and Trinity (April-June). The approximate dates of full term for 2018-2019 are as follows:
  • Michaelmas:  8 October - 9 December
  • Hilary:  21 January - 16 March
  • Trinity: 22  April - 21 June
  • Students who opt for one semester must attend Hilary and Trinity.  It is not possible to attend Michaelmas only
  • There is a six week break between Michaelmas and Hilary and Hilary and Trinity which allows visiting students time to study and to take advantage of travel around Europe.
  • Tutorials and courses offered in Philosophy, Theology, English Literature, British History and Classics in Translation

Currently enrolled students may not opt for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for any courses. Transcript is issued by Blackfriars Hall. You must have approval from your Dominican advisor or relevant department in order to get credit in the major/minor/core requirement.

  • Applicants must submit one piece of written academic work of no more than 5,000 words and one academic reference.
  • All applications are reviewed by, and require the approval of, the Director of Oxford Study Abroad and the Director of the Honors Program, Clodagh Weldon
  • Non-EU students must apply to the British consulate in Chicago for a student visa.
  • Completed application packet deadlines: February 15, 2017

For more information, please contact Clodagh Weldon at or (708) 524-6775.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Costs:

  • Program fees: $45,808
  • Full year: $45,808
  • Hilary and Trinity: TBA
  • Personal expense + meals $250 to $350/month (estimated).
  • Vacation travel additional.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • State, federal and Dominican aid is applicable.
  • Students: By studying abroad, you may have additional options for funding assistance. Please see a Dominican University Financial Aid Officer as soon as possible.

Requirements and Eligibility

  • 3.7 DU GPA
  • Sophomore standing at time of application (Junior for duration of the program)
  • Students must attend at least one information session.

Excursions, Housing and Transportation


The Overseas Students Programme Liaison Manager oversees accommodation and welfare. Visiting Students are accommodated in nearby houses equipped for self-catering.

  • Students are provided with accommodation for 39 weeks and may choose either a single or double room.
  • The accommodation is on St. John Street - a prime location in central Oxford, minutes walking distance from Blackfriars Hall and downtown Oxford.


  • Round trip flight not included in program fees.