This type of project is designed and implemented by an individual student with guidance and approval from an on-campus faculty or staff sponsor and takes place anywhere outside of the US. Individual project work requires intensive effort around content development, establishment of learning goals, and crafting of project artifacts. Project themes must be compelling enough to maintain student attention across 25-30 hours of independent work during each week of Winter Term. Prior to beginning their application, students should review the Individual Project Toolkit
for project planning guidance and useful templates for the project design process.
Individual Projects Guidelines:
1. Students should plan to spend 5-6 hours per day on their project, for a total of 25-30 hours of (unpaid) project work per week.
2. Project content can focus on any topic. The only rule is that projects cannot be harmful to the student or others. Any idea or inspiration can become a Winter Term project. Topics may include academic fields, career exploration/development, skill building, hobbies, personal development, research, and so much more. Check out this project example
to see how one student turned the desire to “stay home and bake cakes” into a full Winter Term project.
3. Students will design their own project title, which will appear on their official transcript. Titles are strictly limited to 30 characters, including spaces. The title entered on the application page will appear, as is, on the student transcript.
4. All individual projects must have an Oberlin College faculty or staff sponsor. Students should email their project title and a one-paragraph project description to their potential sponsor prior to completing the online project application.
5. After obtaining approval from a project sponsor (either via email or in-person), students may click the "Apply Now" button on the right side of the screen to begin the application process for their Individual International Project.