OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
Blackfriars Hall is part of the most ancient University in the English-speaking world: Oxford. Blackfriars is run by the English Dominican friars, who first came to the medieval University city in 1221.
The Dominican vocation is summed up in the Order's motto veritas ('truth'), and encompasses the pursuit of truth about human life and dignity. The friars invite you to join with them in this pursuit. If you have the desire to "make sense of it all", Blackfriars may be right for you.
In the southeast of England, Oxford is a small city at the juncture of the Thames and Cherwell rivers. Oxford University dominates economic and cultural life in the city, making it a calm a beautiful setting for your academic pursuits.
As a Visiting Student at Blackfriars Hall in the University of Oxford you will be able to follow accredited studies for one year in Theology, Philosophy, English Literature, Classics, Church History and British History. You will enjoy access to the academic and wider social and recreational facilities of the University of Oxford, as well as what we offer you in the Hall. 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. The normal expectation is that you will receive two tutorials a week. Some students prefer to take one tutorial per week, but this must be negotiated with your home university and the OSP administrator at Blackfriars. As well as lectures at Blackfriars you will be able to attend an extremely wide range of lectures and seminars in the University.
HOUSING AND STUDENT LIFE
At present, all of our visiting students are accommodated in two adjacent comfortable and historic houses in St. John Street, just outside the back gate of Blackfriars. Accommodation is in single or twin rooms, according to the preference of the home university and subject to availability.
Given the nature of Blackfriars Priory as a religious house for Dominican friars, we can only offer dining facilities to student members on a few occasions during the year.
Arrangements have been made for our students to dine at another nearby Hall of the University, where they eat lunch every day during term time. Breakfast and the evening meal are self-catering. Each month the students will receive a catering allowance to cover the cost of self-catered meals.
Daily lunch during term and the monthly self-catering allowance are included in the amount charged for food.
Blackfriars Applicant Handbook 2012-13.pdf