University of Oxford

Next Offered: Every Academic Year, or Spring Term Only
Application Deadline: February 15

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 –June: 3 trimesters)
  • Spring Semester Only (January - June: 2 trimesters)
  • There is a six-week break between each trimester, allowing 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 for a major/minor/core requirement.

Application
  • Applicants must meet with the Director of Oxford Study Abroad, Clodagh Weldon, and obtain approval to apply 
  • Applicants will complete the paper application for Oxford and submit a personal statement, one piece of written academic work of no more than 5,000 words, 2 passport photos, one academic reference letter, and an official transcript to the Office for Study Abroad by February 15th.
  • All applications are reviewed by, and require the approval of the Director for Study Abroad and the Director of Oxford Study Abroad
  • After submitting the Oxford Application, students will meet with the Director for Study Abroad to complete Dominican paperwork

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 cbrett@dom.edu or (708) 524-6775.

Cost and Financial Aid
Estimated Costs
  • Full Academic Year Program fees: $39,000
    • Includes tuition, housing in a shared apartment, insurance, Dominican University Study Abroad Fee
  • Spring term only Program Fees: $19,600
  • Students are also responsible for the following out-of-pocket expenses
    • Personal expenses/meals: $3000 a semester (Fall and Spring)
    • Airfare: $1,600 (estimated)
    • Visa fees
    • Vacation travel additional
Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • State, federal and Dominican financial aid are applicable, however, the Resident Student Grant does not apply, and Dominican aid is prorated to the final cost of the program, after all external scholarships are applied (Gilman, etc.)
  • Additional loans or the Parent Plus Loan are available to students through the Office of Financial Aid.
  • All students should apply to Dominican University's Excellence in Experiential Learning Awards (ExcEL) to earn up to $2000 off the cost of the program
  • Pell Grant recipients should apply for the Gilman Scholarship 
  • All students should apply for Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships
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
Excursions

Announced each term by Oxford

Housing

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 in a shared apartment 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.
Transportation

Round-trip flight not included in program fees.

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