Winter Term FAQs

Students are required to complete three full winter-term projects in order to graduate.  Transfer students must complete a project for each winter term they are on campus. 

Winter-term projects are rated as half or full. Students may participate in one half, two halves, or one full project each winter term. The time commitment for a half-time project is three hours per weekday; the commitment for a full-time project is five to six hours per weekday. 

Early planning is the key to a successful project. Students interested in international projects should begin planning at the beginning of the fall semester. Students planning domestic or on-campus projects should meet with a sponsor in October.

Contact your academic advisor to see if they can suggest an appropriate sponsor.  The Office of Winter Term can also help you identify an appropriate sponsor.

There are no additional tuition or room fees for staying on campus during winter term. The Winter Term Meal Plan provides 3 meals a day for $300.  Students may also use remaining flex dollars to purchase meals.

Some projects, especially those requiring travel or specialized equipment/supplies, will include a fee from each student participant to help defray expenses.

There are no charges for living on campus during winter term. 

For off campus projects, Oberlin alumni sometimes host students over winter term. Send email to to inquire about these opportunities.

No, students may not be paid for work associated with their project.

No.  Although completing three winter-term credits is a requirement for graduation, winter-term projects do not count toward the total number of academic credits required for graduation (128 credits for the College of Arts and Sciences, 168 credits for the Conservatory of Music, or 214 credits for the Double Degree Program.)

Yes, the winter term office offers funding grants for group projects. 

Students proposing group projects have until Friday November 15, 2019 to submit their project proposals and funding requests.

The deadline for faculty and staff proposals has already past; however, the call for Winter Term 2021 project and funding proposals will be sent out in early spring 2020. 

Once your project has been approved by your sponsor and the Office of Winter Term, you will be automatically registered for the winter term project; this will typically occur mid-January.  Around this time, it is strongly encouraged you access your unofficial transcript to confirm the credit and title of project is correct. 

  • Any issues with completing or receiving credit for a project should first be discussed with your project sponsor. 
  • If the issue is related to not meeting a published deadline, you may be eligible to appeal the deadline. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at for more information.
  • If you are short the required winter term credits for graduation, you must immediately contact the Registrar to discuss how to proceed.  
  • Any other issues related to registration may be directed to the Office of the Registrar at