What can I achieve during winter term?

Students in the Allen Memorial Art Museum.
Allen Memorial Art Museum - Students discuss and answer questions about their favorite artwork. After enrollment in the Practicum in Museum Education class, students are equipped to lead guided tours of the museum.
(photo by Yevhen Gulenko)

There are many factors to consider when selecting a winter-term project and the opportunities are endless. Faculty and staff offer on- and off-campus projects that foster exploration of particular topics, or you can design your own. The most rewarding projects will cross disciplines, connect to personal and professional goals, and provide opportunities for self-reflection. 

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

Resources for finding projects by focus area can be found below:

Explore a new field, immerse yourself in a language, or dive into a topic with an academic focused project.  Search available group projects with an academic focus at studyaway.oberlin.edu or find information about faculty teaching and research interests by department.

Students in an art gallery
Shakespeare in Italy
This winter-term project, led by Professor Wendy Beth Hyman, offered a special opportunity for about a dozen Oberlin students to study several of Shakespeare’s works in the context of the art and culture brought to life so extensively in his plays.  Pictured, students visit the Uffizi in Florence, Italy.
(photo by Erica Adreini)


Create a masterpiece or participate in a group performance with a project focused on artistic work. Search available group projects focused on artistic work at studyaway.oberlin.edu.

Student examining type in the letterpress studio
Letterpress Printing  
This winter-term project offered intensive, experience-based instruction in the operation of hand presses, movable type, and linocuts. Under the guidance of Ed Vermue, Oberlin's special collections/preservation librarian, students designed and printed a creative project.
(photo by Davis Tate ’19)


Gain real-world experience and explore career options with an internship or a project focused on career development.  Search available group projects focused on career development or internships at studyaway.oberlin.edu or visit the Career Development Center, Office of Fellowships and Awards, or the Center for Innovation & Impact to learn about additional opportunities.

Students planning at a computer
Avery Resor, Catherine O'Hare, and Tessa Emmer (not pictured) founded Salt Point Seaweed as a means to provide delicious hand-harvested seaweed to health-focused and environmentally-conscious consumers. The trio prepared their project for the LaunchU pitch competition.
(photo by Yevhen Gulenko)


Connect with communities and build partnerships with a project focused on community engagement.  Search available group projects focused on community engagement at studyaway.oberlin.edu or visit the Bonner Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Research to learn about engagement opportunities locally, nationally, and globally.

Student arranging bread on a rack
Oberlin Commuinty Services - Food Justice
Scott Seiler '20 tidies up the food pantry at Oberlin Community Services.
(photo by Marissa Camino)


Explore the world with an international project, either with a group or individually.  Search for international group projects at studyaway.oberlin.edu or visit the Office of Study Away to discuss individual options.

Students outside a museum
Music in London
Students with Professor Charles McGuire get background information on the Foundling Museum prior to visiting it.
The museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery.
(photo by Kira McGirr)


Engage in a project focused on personal growth and reflection.  Search available group projects focused on personal development at studyaway.oberlin.edu.

Student scuba diving in a pool
Scuba Diving
Ken Kitahata ’20 takes pool training in Carr Pool to earn his scuba diving certification. The winter-term project ended with an optional trip to Cozumel, Mexico, where Kitahata applied his newly acquired skills.
(photo by Steve Bowles)


Advance a field of inquiry and make new connections with a project focused on research, either self-directed or faculty-led.  Search available group research projects at studyaway.oberlin.edu or visit the Office of Undergraduate Research.  Additional information about faculty research interests can be found by department. Some research projects may require IRB approval.

Two students working in a lab
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cecelia Tannous-Taylor ’19 (left) and Matt Berry ’20 use immunohistochemistry to stain brain tissue in order to visualize a marker of neuronal activity.
(photo by Yevhen Gulenko)


All projects will require a sponsor, a faculty or staff member who will help develop and guide a student’s winter term experience. Group project leaders serve as sponsors, but students seeking individual winter term experiences will need to identify their own sponsor. 

Many projects fall into multiple categories or even transcend categorization.  Winter term is an opportunity for creativity and ingenuity, and any student is invited to design their own project.