Two students stand with bicycles outside a shop in China.
Center for Engaged Liberal Arts

Study Away

Students participate in the Bamboo Bikes Beijing workshop as part of an Oberlin Winter Term course in China.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Eleda Fernald ’20 and Charles Cui ’20

A Global Education for an Interconnected Age

Study Away at Oberlin is about so much more than where you’ll go. We offer a curated portfolio of over one hundred programs designed to engage Obies in rigorous academic experiences while expanding their contemporary cultural horizons.

Our team works with each student to identify programs from around the world best tailored to their personal, professional, and intellectual interests. From studying food systems and sustainability in Thailand to attending a border studies program in Arizona, studying away through Oberlin is about what you’ll do, who you’ll meet, and how you’ll grow.


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Expand your cultural horizons.

Learn how studying away can transform your Oberlin education and expand your postgraduate horizons.

Learn On Location

On a busy street corner, people look at an art installation.

Every fall, two Oberlin professors accompany 25 students to London for a team-taught semester making use of all the metropolis has to offer.

Photo credit: Kira McGirr

Travel the world with Oberlin professors and peers as part of our immersive faculty-led study away programs.

With topics ranging from literature and art to business and environmental studies, our on-location classes and Winter Term trips take students to places including Martinique, Guadalajara, Rome, Hong Kong, Athens, Cairo, and London.

Learn more about Oberlin’s 2022 London program on Climate Change

Obies Around the World

A student stands on the wreckage of a boat in the desert.

Cait Kelley '21 in Tunisia.

A student poses in front of snowy mountains.

Schuyler Schuech '20 in Hangzhou, China.

Seven students and a professor enjoy a meal at an outdoor table.

Rebecca Davis ‘20 with friends in Florence, Italy.

A group poses in front of, and on top of, a gigantic sign that reads Guadalahara.

A three-week winter term language immersion in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Oberlin Study Away Stories

Experiential Learning at Sea

Founded in 1971, Sea Education Association (SEA) is a nonprofit organization that takes students on a maritime research vessel sailing from New Zealand to Tahiti. The Oberlin students aboard made lifelong bonds.

Three students on a boat

Filming Wine in France

A group of Obies traveled to France during Winter Term to interview winemakers and scientists as part of a documentary about wine in Alsace, Burgundy, and the Rhône Valley.

A film crew sets up at a vineyard.

Asia and the Environment

With a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, Oberlin faculty and students partnered with Lingnan University and The Education University of Hong Kong (EUHK) for a Winter Term project focused on Asia and the environment.

A group of students by a scenic mountainside.

From the Classroom to the World

At Oberlin we value international perspectives and experiences. Every year more than three hundred students study abroad for a summer, semester, or full year.

A display case filled with brochures from around the world.

Next Steps

An Oberlin education puts the liberal arts to work in achieving a life of meaning and purpose.

A group of people in a park.
Oberlin faculty and students in Hong Kong.