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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

The Journey of My Happy Feet

February 25, 2016

“From Guinea to Brooklyn: The Journey of my Happy Feet,” a Senior Honors Show by Donnay Edmund, will be performed at 8 p.m. on March 4 and 5 in Warner Main Space.

Yarn to Garment

February 24, 2016

In this winter-term project, participants truly create their own garment from scratch, from yarn selection and learning how to weave fabric on a loom, to sewing and fitting their completed design.
Garment on a dress form.

Rapidfire Language Learning

February 19, 2016

Students who choose an intensive language course over winter term learn an entire semester’s material in one month.
Comics panel showing Spiderman jumping into the bad guys' lair where Lenin and other revolutionaries are making plans.. Title: Winter Term Russian, January 2016 in Oberlin.

From Yarn to Garment

February 17, 2016

Chloe Deshusses threads needles on a weaving loom in preparation for making a custom sleeveless dress in the winter-term project From Yarn to Garment. Directed and sponsored by Betsy Bruce,...

Learning the Secrets of Songwriting

February 17, 2016

This winter term, a small group of students participated in a songwriting workshop led by noted singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche ’03.
A guitarist is seated by microphones and a music stand

Rebellion on the Nile

February 15, 2016

A dozen students led by Associate Professor Zeinab Abul-Magd spent winter term exploring the political and environmental issues facing Egypt.
A view of Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital

Volunteering in Vietnam

February 12, 2016

Third-year Gabriel Hitchcock, a neuroscience major and art history minor, spent his winter term in Hanoi, Vietnam, volunteering at a traditional medicine hospital.

Concert Halls and Castles

February 10, 2016

Students in Technology in Music and Related Arts spend winter term sharing their works and exchanging ideas at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Four students in winter coats walk toward a castle.

Students Display Work in Once Upon a Woodblock

February 9, 2016

The students enrolled in the winter-term workshop Blades on Wood: Relief Printmaking for the Strongly Devoted display their work on Friday, January 22, in the South Dome of the Art Department in...
A student examines a print tacked to the wall.

Taiko Members Hone Their Craft

February 8, 2016

Members of Oberlin College Taiko spend winter term learning essential skills and knowledge from members of the San Jose Taiko ensemble.