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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.

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The Telephone Winter Term Opera

February 5, 2015

This winter term, Oberlin Opera Theater presented two modern operas at the ’Sco: Strawberry Fields and The Telephone . In Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone...
Actors on stage. One is talking on a phone.

Winter Term Science Research

January 26, 2015

While many students complete their winter term projects off campus, some choose to remain in Oberlin. Of the approximately 855 students who are on campus this winter term, 78 are completing...

What are You Doing for Winter Term?

December 16, 2014

Year after year, Obies like you undertake incredible winter term projects, and year after year, we in the Office of Communications love to share them. That’s why we’re asking you to send us your photos and links to other media or blogs to include in an Oberlin OnCampus photo gallery!
Tell us about your winter term project

To the Home of Steel Pan

December 15, 2014

Oberlin Steel, Oberlin's steel pan band, travels to Trinidad this winter term to study performance and playing techniques and absorb the culture and history of the country that created the steel pan.
students performing on drums

We Are the Scientists

March 14, 2014

Marie Lilly made personal and scientific discoveries while studying sea turtle behavior in Costa Rica.

Straight to the Source

March 14, 2014

Richard Tran traveled throughout Ghana to shadow the makers of traditional and contemporary art forms.

A Feel for Therapy

March 14, 2014

Double-degree student Matthew DiBiase combined his interests by shadowing music therapists and cognition researchers throughout New England.

A Job That's Actually Brain Surgery

March 13, 2014

During winter term, pre-med student Kendra Lian shadowed surgeons at a hospital in China. In exchange, she helped doctors brush up on their English skills.

Oberlin Takes Manhattan... and Cleveland and San Francisco

March 6, 2014

Two whirlwind networking tours. Ten days with theater and performing arts alumni in New York. A month with business and finance alumni in three cities. A small investment, big dreams realized. This is how Oberlin does intensive.
Two Oberlin alumni and one student