Frequently Asked Questions

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 should begin planning at the beginning of the fall semester and meet with a sponsor by the end of September.

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

For students who live in Residential Education housing and are enrolled in a Campus Dining Services meal plan during the fall semester, there are no additional fees for living and dining on campus during winter term. 

Most off-campus projects, especially those requiring travel or specialized equipment/supplies, will include a fee from each student participant to help defray expenses.  Students pursuing independent projects off-campus are responsible for their own housing, meals, and other project expenses. 

All students will have the opportunity to apply for need-based funding from the Office of Winter Term inside their application. 

There are no charges for living on campus during winter term.  Students will be able to stay in their dorms during this time. 

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 Office of Winter Term offers funding grants for group projects.  Funding applications can be found inside the Winter Term Group Project Proposal.   The deadline for proposing a group project for WT21 is Friday, May 15th, 2020.

Once your project has been approved by your sponsor and the Office of Winter Term, you will need to log back into your application at and commit to your project.  Your information will then be sent to the Registrar in 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