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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

24 Hours of Winter Term

February 13, 2017

Follow along a day in the life of students, faculty, and staff during winter term.
A student positions a small device with wheels on a track while a professor looks on

Winter term in the Middle East

February 6, 2017

This graffiti-marked wall was just one of the places Naomi Fireman visited during her winter-term project in the Middle East. “I came here to travel and listen to many different...
A huge concrete wall is covered in graffiti and topped with barbed wire.

Surviving winter term

February 2, 2017

Living in Oberlin in the dead of winter isn't the easiest thing in the world. We asked a handful of students how to survive Oberlin’s winter term on campus, and one response appeared over and over. So what was the overwhelming advice?
Students serving a meal in Harkness coop

Winter Term: Hello from the Other Side

February 1, 2017

Winter term is that magical month where Obies disperse all over the world to fulfill a personal project. Luckily for us, we didn't need to call a thousand times.
group of students in Greece

Share Your Winter Term Photos for a Chance to Win an Oberlin College Swag Bag

January 11, 2017

The Office of Communications is offering current Oberlin College and Conservatory students who are completing winter-term projects this January the opportunity to win one of three Oberlin College swag bags by participating in its 2017 Instagram (@oberlincollege) winter term photo contest.

Shansi Awards In-Asia Grants

December 16, 2016

This winter term and summer, nine students will explore intellectually and socially engaging projects through an Oberlin Shansi In-Asia Grant.
Recipients of the Shansi In-Asia Grants

London Calling

March 3, 2016

During winter term, 12 students traveled to England’s capital to experience the history and variety of the city’s theater scene.
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Policy, People, and Grassroot Organizing in Portland

March 2, 2016

Kiley Petersen spent her winter term learning about grassroots organizing in local, historically marginalized communities in Portland, Oregon, as an intern for OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon.