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Next Offered: Spring 2018
Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

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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 45 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.

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 available. Some students study six tutorial courses in theology and philosophy, while 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 will discuss with the tutor an essay you have prepared. You will receive either two tutorials a week or one tutorial and one class. Along with lectures at Blackfriars, you will be able to attend a wide range of lectures and seminars at the University. You will also 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. And you will be welcome 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 (October–December), Hilary (January–March) and Trinity (April–June). The approximate dates of full term for 2018–2019 are as follows:
    • Michaelmas: 12 October–6 December
    • Hilary: 18 January–14 March
    • Trinity: 26 April–20 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 that allows visiting students time to study and to take advantage of travel around Europe.
  • Tutorials and courses are 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 complete the Dominican University application
  • Applicants also will complete the Oxford application, which will be provided after approval to apply
  • 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
  • Completed application packet deadlines: February 15, 2018

Please NOTE; Non-EU students must apply to the British consulate in Chicago for a student visa.

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 expenses plus meals $250 to $350/month (estimated).
  • Vacation travel additional
  • Airfare: $1,600 (estimated)
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 Dominican University 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.

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