Study Away

The Office of Study Away assists students in selecting appropriate study away programs, understanding the financial implications of studying away, and ensuring that credits earned away will transfer properly. Students interested in studying away for a semester or year can choose from Oberlin-sponsored programs, consortial programs, or over 90 affiliated programs. In addition, the office helps in the coordination of international winter term projects.


Oberlin College believes that all interested students, regardless of major, should have the opportunity to spend a semester away from campus on an academic program in a different part of the country or world. In the 2011 Open Doors survey sponsored by the Institute for International Education, Oberlin College was ranked 5th in the top 25 Baccalaureate Institutions in the total number of study abroad students.  Study Away opportunities offered by Oberlin or affiliated with the college cover a wide range of geographic areas of the world, curricular or academic interests and program types. Approximately 300 Oberlin students each year participate in approved semester- or year-long study away programs. Information on these programs is available in the Study Away Library (Peters 205) or at this website under Choosing a Program.

In addition, Oberlin offers a variety of our own summer and winter term programs as well as the Danenberg Oberlin-in-London program.

For an overview of the study away application process and timeline, please see the presentation from the Study Away Information Session.


October 15, 2016 was the submission deadline for: preliminary transfer of credit approval, travel abroad waiver, and health insurance agreement forms for all spring 2017 ALOA applicants.

March 15, 2017, is the deadline to apply for an academic leave of absence in the fall 2017 or spring 2018 semester, or during the 2017-18 academic year.

Please note:  If you are planning to study away in fall 2017, spring 2018, or for the 2017-18 academic year, you must attend an Academic Leave of Absence Help Session in order to receive access to the online application.  Sessions will be held weekly, beginning in early November. Times and dates will be posted on this website and on the calendar of events.  Please stay tuned for updates.


Thurs, Sept. 29
  4:00 - 6:30 PM

Peters Hall Lobby

Wed, Oct. 26
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Study Away Info Session - IES Abroad, Vienna Music Program
Conservatory Lounge

Wed, Oct. 26
 4:30 PM -  5:30 PM

Study Away Info Session - AIT Budapest
King 235 (Pizza and other refreshments provided)