What can I achieve during winter term?
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:
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.
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.
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.
Engage in a project focused on personal growth and reflection. Search available group projects focused on personal development at studyaway.oberlin.edu.
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.
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.