Students are expected to complete winter term projects that are academically relevant, rigorous, experiential, and educationally rewarding. Viable projects include those that involve academic study, field experience, and/or experiential learning—including internships and community service. Your advisor and/or your project sponsor will help you craft a winter term project that meets these goals.

Considering the basic options for a winter term project

All winter term projects fall into the following general categories: group or individual; on-campus or off-campus; and full-credit or half-credit. All projects require a sponsor. Please discuss possible winter term projects with faculty advisors.  You are encouraged to consider a variety of options, including the following:

  • What do I hope to learn?
  • Do I want to work alone or with a group?
  • Do I want to work on or off campus?
  • Will I do one full-time project or combine two half-time projects?
  • What relative weight will I give to reading, writing, creating, performing, research, and practical experience?
  • Can the project be completed in one month?
  • What will the project cost?
  • Are there adequate facilities in Oberlin or elsewhere?
  • Will I need instruction or supervision, or can my work be done independently?

GROUP PROJECT: To join a group project, you must (1) sign up with the sponsor, and (2) complete the formal, online registration application by December 1, 2017. If you are a first-year student, a group project is recommended for your first Winter Term undertaking.

INDIVIDUAL PROJECT: To pursue a self-directed, individual project, you must ask a member of the faculty or A & PS staff to sponsor/approve your project. Register for your project through the online application. After you complete the application form, print it out from your browser and take it to your sponsor for signature approval. Once you have met with your sponsor and obtained signature approval, upload the signed form to your application. 


If your winter term project involves traveling abroad, please review the recommendations on the International Projects page and contact the Winter Term Office in Peters 205 to make an appointment with an advisor.

Please see the Academic Policy section of this website for further details on the requirements for completing winter term projects.