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Blackfriars Studium is the House of Studies of the English Dominicans

Our study of philosophy and theology has always had its home in a Dominican life of prayer and religious observance, and Blackfriars Priory is a community of more than twenty Dominican friars living, praying and studying in the centre of Oxford. Most recently Dominican students and lecturers have come to Oxford from America, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Poland, Norway and Rwanda. Since the 1970s, Dominican students for the priesthood have been joined by students from other orders, Benedictine, Servite, Franciscan, Oratorian.

If you are preparing for the Catholic priesthood you can read for the STB (Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology) granted by the Pontifical University of St Thomas, Rome (the Angelicum). It is also possible for lay men and women to begin the Angelicum's STB programme by studying in the Blackfriars Studium and to conclude the programme with at least a year's full-time study in Rome.

How to apply

Students in religious orders - please apply via your Director of Studies.

Lay students - please contact the Vice-regent.

Disabled Students

We welcome enquiries from disabled students. The nature of our old buildings inevitably makes access difficult to some areas, We have various contingency plans which can be brought into effect and we regard problems as challenges to be overcome. Please contact the Academic Administrator, Ms. Lucy Traves, direct and let us know what your needs are: in most cases we can and will meet them.

Visas for study

The Blackfriars Studium is not a 'Tier 4 sponsor' is unable to sponsor students for a study visa.

You can study in the UK without a student visa if:

  • you are a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland; 
  • you are a British overseas territories citizen, unless you are from one of the sovereign base areas in Cyprus; 
  • you are a Commonwealth citizen with permission to enter or stay in the UK because at least one of your grandparents was born here; or
  • you have no conditions or time limit attached to your stay.

However, if you are a national of Bulgaria or Romania, your ability to work during your studies may be restricted.

You can find information about visas for study in the UK here.

English Language Requirements

All teaching at Oxford University is carried out in English (with the exception of some language-specific teaching) and tutors must be convinced that you have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with your course from the start.

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