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For International Students

Photo credit: Cady Hurlbert

Welcome to the Oberlin family!

We're so excited to welcome you to your new home! Learn more about what makes Oberlin the ideal choice for international students.

Obies From Around the World

We talked to international students about their Oberlin experiences. Here’s what they had to say.

Karthik Ranganadhan '26

New Delhi, India

"The #1 piece of advice I would give to any student is to go to [faculty] office hours. They are the most fabulous resource for learning more about your professors, classes, and various interests..."

Gian Ghai Espadas '26


"I was really interested in finding a place where I could purse my interest in math and science but still have a college that really valued music."

Zeynep Kaya '26

Istanbul, Turkey

"Everyone on this campus wants you to explore your true self... at Oberlin you just need to be yourself and you're going to feel like you belong here as soon as you share your talents with other people."

Connect with your peers

Obies have diverse passions and interests. Browse nearly 200 active student groups, ranging from identity-based communities like our South Asian, African, and Latinx student organizations to groups focused on cultural activities, like the Oberlin Samba School and Aikido Club.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Specialized Support

The mission of International Student & Scholar Services is to support and celebrate the international identities of students and scholars at Oberlin College and Conservatory. They accomplish this through one-on-one advising, educational programs, community building, and support for visa paperwork and immigration regulations.

International Student and Scholar Services

Student Perspectives

Hear how other international students have found their home at Oberlin.

Introduction to Oberlin Life

Lucas Draper ’23
Melbourne, Australia

Lucas Draper

International Obie News

We’re proud to highlight international students at the center of inspiring work during and after their time at Oberlin. You could be one of them!

Alli Roshni Wins Nexial Prize for 2023

Fourth-year biology and economics major from Delhi, India, has been named the winner of Oberlin’s 2023 Nexial Prize

Alli Roshni
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones

Paintbrush Empowerment

The first-year Oberlin student learned to paint from his late father back in their homeland of Zambia

Mufalo Mufalo
Photo credit: Courtesy of Mufalo Mufalo

Research Profiles

These students were featured for their faculty-mentored research projects.

Abby Tejera Rocha ’25

Maldonado, Uruguay

Abby is majoring in Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics and Computer Science. She conducts research in Professor Jillian Scudder's lab. Her research is titled "Research about metallicities in different galaxies".

Abby Tejera Rocha

Ankit Barana ’25

Jaipur, India

Ankit Barana is a Neuroscience and Computer Science major conducting mentored research under Professor Leslie Kwakye. His project is titled “Neural Mechanisms of Attentional Alteration to Multisensory Speech Perception". 

Ankit Barana

Haoyuan Gao ’24

Beijing, China

Haoyuan Gao is a Biology and Neuroscience major conducting mentored research under Professor Christopher Howard. His project is titled “Characterizing striatal patch-dopamine interactions in freely-moving mice".

Haoyuan Gao

More Campus Resources

Explore Oberlin's offices, programs, and other resources designed to support students like you!

Career Exploration and Development

We can help you explore and identify fields of interest, write resumes and cover letters that follow accepted U.S. standards, and prepare for interviews.

Multicultural Resource Commons

The MRC provides programs and services that affirm and promote equity for students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and first-generation college students.


Cooper International Learning Center

The Paul and Edith Cooper International Learning Center enables students to build proficiency in world languages, consider new perspectives, and explore cultures.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

Oberlin College offers several resources specifically designed to assist students who are speakers of other languages with writing in English for the American academic context.

Study Away

We offer a curated portfolio of over one hundred programs designed to engage Obies in rigorous academic experiences while expanding their contemporary cultural horizons.

Internship+ Program

Internship+ ensures that all students, regardless of background, can access experiences that enrich their academic pursuits and help them launch successfully from Oberlin. 

Scholarships for International Students

Oberlin meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need, making an Oberlin education accessible to students from all financial backgrounds.

Ready to enroll?

Please take a moment to confirm your enrollment and review the checklist of next steps. We can’t wait to see you on campus!

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