Winter Term

Winter Term At-a-Glance

Students pursue interests outside of Oberlin’s regular semester course offerings through a four-week immersive experience every January. 

Student and professor testing lego robot
Kate Hull ’18 and neuroscience professor Pat Simen give their Lego robot a whirl. Once reprogrammed, the robot will be used as a teaching aid in the classroom.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Winter Term At-a-Glance

1. Students must complete three WT projects.

2. Through individual and group projects, students complete 100 hours of project work during WT (January 3-30, 2024).

3. There are no additional costs for WT on-campus housing and meal plans for students who are registered for on-campus housing and meal plans during the fall and/or spring semesters. But, students must complete the WT Res Ed housing form by mid-December. 

4. Individual project proposals will be reviewed by faculty/staff sponsors to ensure that projects meet WT standards.

5. Group project options are listed in the WT catalog and on the WT registration site.

6. Information about individual projects can be found on the WT webpage, in the WT Student Handbook, and in the Individual Project Guide.

7. Peer advising hours and individual project planning workshop sessions are listed on the WT Calendar.

8.  The deadline for submitting WT applications at is Friday, November 17, 2023. 



Winter Term is a unique opportunity for educational and personal growth through creativity, intellectual experimentation, and personal initiative. Students use this time to explore topics of personal interest, develop a new skill, conduct intensive research, prepare for a future career, and expand their academic experience.

There are many factors to consider when selecting a Winter Term project and the opportunities are practically endless. Faculty and staff offer on- and off-campus projects that foster exploration of particular topics, or students can design individual projects. 

Winter Term takes many forms. Follow the links below for images and stories from WT 2020. 

Winter Term at Oberlin: The On-Campus Experience

Oberlin Photo Stories: Winter Term 2020

Oberlin Photo Stories: A Month in the Sciences

This Week in Photos: January 16th, January 22nd, February 5th