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Winter Term

Oberlin provides a winter term each year to empower students to discover the value of self-directed education. Students may devise an individual project in collaboration with an Oberlin staff or faculty member, or participate in a group project that has been organized by Oberlin staff, faculty, or other students. These undertakings can happen on or off campus. The Office of Winter Term oversees these projects.

The central objective of this period is to continue the process of personal and academic discovery outside of the classroom.

Explore the on-campus experience

Revisiting the Underground Railroad

February 26, 2020

A student re-enactment of escaped slaves along the Underground Railroad is recognized 40 years later with a visit by participant Herman Beavers ’81 at Third World House.
A man sits in front of a group of students, holding his hand out.

Resounding Runout

February 12, 2020

First-year students complete a winter term tour, bridging cultures along the way.
four members of a student string quartet take a bow.

This Week in Photos: February 5

February 5, 2020

In this photo series, we walk with the dinosaurs in Cleveland and visit a congressional intern in Washington, D.C., before coming back home to Oberlin to watch the Wild Beast of the Bungalow take over the stage in Warner Concert Hall; go snowboarding in Hales Gym; and sit in on a gallery talk, book art class, choir practice, an academic retreat, and a dance performance.
Students walk through a gallery with dinosaur skeletons on exhibit.

Practicum in Museum Education

January 31, 2020

Students get a behind-the-scenes look at the Allen Memorial Art Museum and are introduced to the theory and practice of museum education and gallery teaching as they take their first step to becoming an AMAM docent.
Students look at paintings in the museum while seated in chairs in the gallery.

A Conversation with Phlox Ensemble Conductor Sophia Bass

January 30, 2020

The Phlox ensemble, an orchestra and choir promoting women and trans individuals in classical music, is an intensive winter term project that provides a space for students of traditionally underrepresented gender identities and those with a commitment to gender inclusion to engage with classical music.
A sepia image of woman with long hairand white blouse facing forward.