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Oberlin College has long held that educating our students to think globally about themselves and their place in the world is an important characteristic of a liberal arts education. We have admitted and graduated students from around the world. We have sent our students to study away from campus with the belief that experiencing and understanding another culture is an invaluable part of a liberal arts education. 

Our curriculum reflects a commitment to thinking and learning about global issues, and covers all major areas of the world, including Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and Caribbean.

Quick Facts
  • Oberlin offers instruction in a dozen world languages, from ancient Greek to modern Hebrew, Arabic to Portuguese.
  • Approximately 300 Oberlin students each year participate in approved semester- or year-long study away programs. In the most recent Open Doors survey (2014/15) sponsored by the Institute for International Education, Oberlin College was ranked 5th in the top 40 Baccalaureate Institutions in the total number of study abroad students.
  • Oberlin’s international student community makes up 13 percent of our student body and includes foreign nationals, dual U.S. and foreign citizens, U.S. citizens living abroad, and foreign nationals with permanent residency in the United States.
  • About 10 percent of Oberlin’s continuing faculty hold degrees from non-U.S. institutions.
  • More than 10 percent of Oberlin’s courses are offered in languages other than English.
  • The majority of the more than 50 formal areas of study that Oberlin offers in the arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics deal in significant ways with the world outside of the United States. 
  • More than 80 students per semester work as language teachers in the community, teaching Spanish, Chinese, French, and English as a second language through such programs such as SITES , Locohs, and the Immigrant Worker Project.

Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures (OCLC) is dedicated to working with existing campus offices and departments to strengthen the college’s profile as an international institution. Additionally, OCLC seeks to provide resources to ensure students, faculty, and others have the necessary support for international travel and the study of world languages, issues, and cultures.

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