Study Abroad at the University of Oxford, England
The Center for International Studies at Saint Louis University is very pleased to sponsor the Blackfriars Hall Junior Year Abroad Program at Oxford University. The program is an extremely selective program that sends academically disciplined students from SLU to take part in the Oxford system of tutorials, advanced research, and collaborative global education.
Renowned for its history and heritage, exquisite architecture, and ancient University, Oxford sits at the very heart of this rural county. Located about 50 miles north-west of London, Oxford has a population of just under 152,000 people and it host to the oldest universities in the English-speaking world, The University of Oxford. For over 800 years, Oxford has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years.
Blackfriars at the University of Oxford
Blackfriars Hall is one of the forty-five Colleges and Permanent Private Halls of Oxford University, and is located right in the heart of the city. This prestigious program is run by the English Dominican friars. Members of the Hall are normally mature students who are working towards their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees or are registered visiting students of the University. It is also where 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, a religious order of the Catholic Church, 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.
Participating in this academic year long program is an experience for the students who are accepted. This intensive study abroad program is an amazing opportunity that challenges students to perform on a more independent basis.
Students participating in this program will receive accommodations within easy walking distance of Blackfriars. Visiting students are accommodated in two adjacent comfortable and historic houses in St. John Street, just outside the back gate of Blackfriars. Single or twin rooms are available and bed linens are provided. The houses are equipped with laundry facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a common sitting room. Students will receive a food allowance to use at the University cafeteria.
As a visiting student at Blackfriars Hall, you will be able to follow accredited studies for one year in Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, English Literature 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 they offer you in the Hall. Students receive individualized mentoring for their particular interests, and while most of the tutorials through Blackfriars focus on the humanities, there is the potential for students to participate in tutorials in outside colleges and halls at Oxford.
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 can see what courses are available here.
The student will pay SLU tuition per semester. While the Study Abroad office will help you with the setup of your room and board logistics, these are paid directly to Univeristy of Oxford. All SLU financial aid and scholarships, with the exception of those geared specifically towards athletics, will go with the student. In addition, a mandatory $250 international insurance fee per semester will be added to the student's account.
- 3.5 GPA
- Must be a first semester Sophomore to apply, participate in program during Junior year
- Not be on academic or disciplinary probation
How to Apply
Please submit the application and following supplemental materials together to the International Studes Office, Des Peres Hall 202. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Deadline to apply is January 28th, 2013.