Study Abroad

Study Abroad: Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University

DSPT Study Abroad - Blackfriars, OxfordBlackfriars Hall blackfriars will welcome applications from lay students of the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology who are presently enrolled in the Concurrent Program. Qualified students spend one academic year (from the end of September to end of June) in residence as "Official Visiting Students" of Oxford University oxford (OU). In special circumstances, students in other DSPT programs may petition to spend one semester at OU. However, preference will be given to those applying for the full year. 

Program of Study

Once enrolled at Blackfriars Hall of Oxford University, blackfriars Official Visiting Students attend OU lectures and seminars, have access to OU faculty libraries and the Bodleian Library bodleian, and an OU computing account with an Oxford University email address and access to the University’s online databases. They have access to OU sporting facilities at the same rates as matriculated students.

Official Visiting Students also have access to the facilities and resources of Blackfriars Hall, including the library, the student common room, a computing account, and access to the normal lectures and seminars of the Blackfriars Studium. They may also participate in those events organized by the Aquinas Institute blackfriars and the Las Casas Institute casas of Blackfriars Hall.

Blackfriars Hall will also provide Official Visiting Students with a level of one-to-one tutorial-style supervision with a supervisor or supervisors appropriate to the student’s discipline and research area. Options will include a weekly tutorial (60 mins) and a fortnightly extended tutorial 90 (mins). Typically, students take four tutorials in an eight-week term. For more information on the tutorial system, read The Oxford Tutorial System tutorial. Students should be aware of the fact that additional fees apply for tutorials, over and above the regular tuition fees (see next section).

Oxford University operates on a system of terms: Michelmas (mid-October through mid-December); Hilary (mid-January through mid-March); Trinity (mid-April through mid-June). Students should check the Oxford University website oxford for the most recent dates for each term, and should arrange their schedule so as to arrive well in advance of the start of the term for orientation and induction.

Tuition and Fees

Blackfriars Hall/Oxford University will charge DSPT two different fees for each term:

1) The University Composition Fee is the charge that Oxford University levels on each
student, and covers the cost of things that the University provides: lectures, access to the
Bodleian Library bodleian and the other University libraries, various computer services, etc.

2) The Hall Fee is the charge that Blackfriars levels for things that Blackfriars, itself, provides, e.g. weekly tutorials, access to Blackfriars library, and administrative services of various
kinds. 

While the final amount will vary depending upon the number of tutorials taken, for budgeting purposes students should expect to pay about twice the amount in tuition and fees as they would at DSPT.

Housing

Students who come for an academic year will normally be offered accommodation by Blackfriars Hall blackfriars. Students who come for less than one academic year will either be offered accommodation by Blackfriars Hall or be offered advice on how to find independent accommodation.

Students are charged separately for accommodations.

Application

DSPT students would normally participate in this exchange during the second year of the
Concurrent MA Program. Eligible students must submit a written statement of intent to the Academic Dean by the end of their first semester in the program. After receiving this
statement, the Academic Dean will meet with the student and the Academic Advisor to plan a proposed course of study for the year abroad (tutorials, lectures, and classes). This proposal is then submitted to the Director of Blackfriars Hall for review and approval. Discussion of this may take place at any time, but the final agreement must be reached and an application submitted by April of the first year in the concurrent program.

Student Visa

Students traveling to the United Kingdom are considered a non-visa national if: i) you have US citizenship; ii) will travel from the UD; & iii) live in the US), and in such case do not have to obtain Entry Clearance prior to arrival in order to stay as a Student Visitor.
Upon arrival to port of entry (e.g. Heathrow airport), the student informs the Immigration
Officer that you will be taking a short course and should be given permission to enter the UK as a "Student Visitor". There is no charge for this. Note that it is not possible to get immigration permission as a Tier 4 (General) Student on arrival.
In addition to a valid U.S. passport, students must show the following documents to the
Immigration Officer:

  • the letter offering you a place on the short course, clearly stating the dates you will be studying;

  • financial evidence including your previous 3 months bank statements and all or some of the following:

  • if a parent, relative or friend is paying for you to study, a letter from them confirming what their relationship to you is, how much they are going to give you, how often, for how long, and where that money is going to come from. You will also need evidence that they can fulfill their promise, for example, their bank statements or wage slips, or a letter from their employer confirming their salary;

  • if you are being sponsored by a government or scholarship agency, a letter from them confirming how long the scholarship will continue for and what costs it will cover;

  • if you are going to pay for your studies with your own savings, original bank statements covering at least the last 3 months.

Academic Progress and Transcripts

At the end of each term or of each set of tutorials, the supervisor or tutor will submit to
Blackfriars Hall a report on the student’s written work and performance in tutorials with an overall grade. This report will be communicated to the student and discussed with him or her in a meeting with the Director of Studies who is responsible in the Hall for monitoring the student’s academic progress. Upon successful completion of the academic year Blackfriars Hall will (i) issue to the student an official transcript of the studies undertaken; (ii) issue a copy of this to the Registrar of DSPT. Upon return to DSPT, students must petition the Academic Dean to have this coursework transferred to their DSPT program. 

Dominican Student Friars Visiting the Blackfriars Studium

In an effort to develop stronger ties between the Provinces, the Blackfriars Studium will
welcome Dominican friars of WDP who wish to study there for one academic year. Under the direction of the Master of Students of the English Province, all friars will participate fully in all (academic and formational) aspects of the studium.

Program of Study

Friars will have access to the normal lectures and seminars of the Blackfriars Studium studium, and invitations to a number of events organized by the Aquinas Institute blackfriars and the Las Casas Institute casas of Blackfriars Hall. They will normally receive one tutorial per week in addition to lectures, seminars, and language classes. They will also have access to the Blackfriars library and student common room, a Blackfriars computing account.

Housing

Friars will normally be accommodated in the Blackfriars Priory blackfriars.

Application

Those friars interested in study at Blackfriars Hall blackfriars must first petition in writing their own Province (Prior Provincial, Regent of Studies, and Master of Students). Once preliminary approval for study abroad has been received, students must then obtain permission from their own Regent of Studies, the Dean of DSPT, and the director of Blackfriars Hall over the teaching (tutorials, lectures, and classes) which the student visiting Oxford will receive. Discussion of this may take place at any time, but the final agreement should be reached and an application submitted by April of the academic year immediately preceding the year of study at Oxford.

Academic Progress and Transcripts

At the end of each term or of each set of tutorials, the supervisor or tutor will submit to
Blackfriars Hall a report on the student friar’s written work and performance in tutorials with an overall grade. This report will be communicated to the student and discussed with him or her in a meeting with the Director of Studies who is responsible in the Hall for monitoring the student’s academic progress. Upon successful completion of the academic year Blackfriars Hall will (i) issue to the student an official transcript of the tutorial studies undertaken together the results of any examinations sat in the Blackfriars Studium; (ii) issue a copy of this to the Registrar of DSPT. Upon return to DSPT, students must petition the Academic Dean to have this coursework transferred to their DSPT program.