Scholars Programme

• Visiting student at Oxford University

• Earn 15 to 18 credits

• Tutorial courses

• Seminar courses

The Scholars Programme with Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University

We invite applications for our Scholars Programme from highly motivated and intelligent students who would enjoy and benefit from the challenging method of learning offered by the Oxford tutorial system. The Scholars Programme is a joint initiative between St Clare’s and Blackfriars Hall, a private permanent Hall of Oxford University governed by the English Dominican Friars.

The Scholars Programme of study allows you to earn 15 to 18 units of credits by taking:

  • a tutorial course at Blackfriars Hall; you may select one tutorial course (six units of credit) or two tutorial courses (each equivalent to three units of credit)*
  • three St Clare’s Liberal Arts seminar courses (each equivalent to three units of credit)
  • plus the option of the St Clare’s Seminar Series (three units of credit)

Scholars are entitled to 12 tutorials in either the Michaelmas Term (October to December) or the Hilary Term (January to March). You may choose one tutorial course (six units of credit) or two tutorial courses (consisting of six tutorial meetings for each tutorial course; each tutorial course equivalent to three units of credit). Tutorial courses are available in the following disciplines:

  • Theology
  • Philosophy English Literature
  • Classics
  • Church History
  • British History

In addition, you may choose to study one of the following languages, if it is offered during the term and at the level you require:

  • Latin
  • New Testament Greek
  • Biblical Hebrew


Contact the Department

We encourage you to contact Paul Sinclair for advice about your career plans and whether this course is right for you.
Paul Sinclair
Director of Studies (Academic)
+44 1865 517715
Manuela Williams
Admissions Registrar
+44 1865 517706

  • all Scholars acquire Oxford University “visiting student” status
  • access to all University of Oxford libraries, electronic databases, lectures and seminars open to visiting students, computing services (including an Oxford University email account) and computer services shop
  • at least one lecture course at Blackfriars
  • membership of the Junior Common room at Blackfriars
  • invitations to Blackfriars’ social events, formal meals, etc., open to all undergraduates at Blackfriars Hall
Application procedures

In addition to the completed application pack for Liberal Arts Programme entry, Scholars Programme applicants must provide the following:

  • evidence of an A-/A grade average (3.8 GPA in the case of US undergraduates)
  • a brief (about 500 words) personal statement profiling candidate’s personal and academic interests and explaining why you wish to apply to study at Blackfriars
  • an academic reference endorsing suitability for the Scholars Programme
  • submission of an assessed essay or research paper from home university (maximum 5000 words)
  • two passport photos (not an electronic scan)
What students say

Erin (California, USA) St Clare’s Blackfriars Hall Scholar
After two previous study abroad experiences in Spain and Mexico, St Clare’s was the best in terms of academics, housing and social networking. I loved Oxford’s “small-town” feel while offering “big-city” opportunities.

Emily (New York, USA) St Clare’s Blackfriars Hall Scholar
I really valued the balance between the coursework and the chance to travel. My classes were incredible with amazing professors and also I was able to see places I’ve dreamed of seeing since my childhood.

Course dates and tuition fees
Spring Semester 2018 Sunday 7 January – Saturday 5 May £10,568

Accommodation fees

College house — self-catering Twin Standard Twin Superior Single Standard Single Superior
Spring Semester 2018 £3435 £4170 £4425 £5430
Homestay — meals included Single Standard Single Superior
Spring Semester 2018 £3435 £4530
Optional Extras
Lunch Monday to Friday £44 per week

What the Accommodation fees include

College houses

  • Supervised accommodation from the day of arrival to the morning after the last day of the course; bed linen and towels; room cleaning (weekdays); heating and lighting.
  • Accommodation fees include your stay in your house during the mid semester breaks but not the two week spring break.
  • If you have chosen to include meals you are entitled to lunch Monday to Friday (excluding the semester breaks).


  • Fees include accommodation as a guest with a local host (appraised and inspected regularly by our Student Services Officer), single room, bed linen and towels, laundry facilities, breakfast and dinner every day (lunches can be bought in college Monday to Friday) and support provided by the Student Services Officer in college. Some of our hosts offer a single superior option (ensuite facilities).

Study at an Oxford University Hall

This really is a unique opportunity

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