Winter Term

Winter Term Guide

Students at 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 credit: Yevhen Gulenko

All students must complete three Winter Term projects as a graduation requirement. Each year, students may choose from among over 50 different group projects, or they may design an individual project. There are many factors to consider when planning a Winter Term project and the opportunities are endless. The best way to begin project planning is to review the wide range of group projects led by Oberlin faculty and staff members.  View group projects at or in the Winter Term catalog and find all Winter Term program details in the Winter Term Student Handbook.

Faculty- and staff-led group projects are also arranged by focus area and listed 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 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 credit: 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

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 credit: Yevhen Gulenko


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 or visit Career Exploration and Development, Office of Fellowships and Awards, or Conservatory Professional Development 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 credit: Yevhen Gulenko


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

Student arranging bread on a rack
Oberlin Community Services - Food Justice
Scott Seiler '20 tidies up the food pantry at Oberlin Community Services.
Photo credit: Marissa Camino 


Explore the world with an international project, either with a group or individually.  Search for international group projects at 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 credit: Kira McGirr


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

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 credit: 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 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 credit: Yevhen Gulenko