Oberlin encourages all students, regardless of their major, to broaden their educational experience through study away programs—both in the United States and abroad—that provide cultural immersion, high academic standards, and intensive language programs (if appropriate). Oberlin currently ranks 2nd in number of students studying abroad amongst the top 40 baccalaureate institutions in the Institute for International Education’s Open Door survey.
In addition to the nearly 80 programs affiliated with the college, Oberlin offers three of its own programs. To learn more in depth about all of the Study Away programs, visit the Study Away website.
Danenberg Oberlin-in-London Program
Participants live and work with a small group of Oberlin students as they take advantage of all that London offers. Each spring, two Oberlin faculty members from different departments accompany 25 students to London. Students register for two six-credit courses offered by the Oberlin faculty.
In addition, they take a third course taught by resident London faculty, either on the history of London or on British or Irish literature. All course work has a strong experiential component that involves students in the vibrant life of London and Great Britain. Each student normally earns 14 hours of academic credit.
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Studies in Spain at the University of Córdoba
Students of Spanish language, literature, and culture may participate for fall, spring, or both semesters in the Programa de Estudios Hispánicos en Córdoba (PRESCHO). Córdoba, one-time capital of Roman Spain and seat of the Muslim Caliphate, offers a unique opportunity for study of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian influences on Spanish culture.
Courses are offered in literature, history, art, architecture, music, economics, and social and political reforms. PRESCHO is sponsored by a consortium of six colleges: Oberlin, Smith, Trinity, Wellesley, Wheaton, and Wooster.
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Oberlin in Italy
This summer program is sponsored by Oberlin's Conservatory of Music. Based in Arrezo, Italy, the month-long program includes intensive language study and the study of Italian culture, including art history, Italian opera history, literature, and studio art.
For singers, instrumentalists, and liberal arts students, the program includes musical, vocal, and dramatic coaching; performances of a chamber opera and opera scenes; and other concerts. Auditions are required for performers.
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