Center for Engaged Liberal Arts

The Center for Engaged Liberal Arts connects the classroom to the world. At Oberlin we put learning into practice through internships, 研究, study away experiences, 冬季学期, 奖学金, 及以后.

A student stands in front of a city office building.

Put Learning into Practice

CELA helps students move between reflection and real-world application for a positive impact.

Learn about CELA’s mission

How Engaged Learning Works

Undergraduates here are able to connect one-on-one with faculty and staff to ask questions, set up their own 研究, and do cutting edge exploration.


Engaged Liberal Arts takes many forms at Oberlin.

CELA is where it all comes together.

Oberlin’s Center for the Engaged Liberal Arts (CELA) comprises a range of offices that help students explore opportunities beyond the classroom. Are you looking for an internship or study-abroad program? Do you have an idea for a 研究 project or business venture? Come visit CELA and talk with us about what’s possible and how to find the resources you need.


With one-on-one advising, employer networking events, and career community programming, Oberlin 职业发展 helps you chart a meaningful path toward your 专业 future.

Community-Based Learning

The Bonner Center for Community-Engaged Learning, 教学, and Research helps students partner with organizations, both local and global, on projects of mutual interest that serve the public good.

Digital Portfolio Program

Use digital portfolios to integrate your learning inside and outside the classroom, 为未来做计划, and present signature accomplishments to audiences within 及以后 campus.


创业 at Oberlin encompasses three main areas: the broad benefits of entrepreneurial thinking, the fundamentals of business and start-ups, and the tools needed to effect real social change.

奖学金 & 奖

Our office works with Obies applying to a range of nationally-competitive programs. 在富布赖特, 沃森, 罗兹, 戈德华特, 和杜鲁门, 在其他选项中, there is an opportunity to fit your goals.

Integrative Concentrations

Alongside majors and minors, Oberlin offers educational pathways that connect coursework with experiential learning opportunities that prepare students for a range of 专业 sectors.


Our team works closely with each student to identify programs from around the world best tailored to their personal, 专业, and intellectual interests.

Undergraduate Research

Oberlin students work closely with faculty mentors at the forefront of their fields to ask new questions, design innovative studies, and collaborate on groundbreaking projects.


The 冬季学期 office helps Obies identify and design immersive learning experiences outside of regular course offerings to be pursued each January.

Student wearing headphones, outdoors in fall.


Each Obie has their own story. Our CELA mentors help you write yours.


Internship+ Commitment

Oberlin commits to provide financial support to every student for qualified summer opportunities, including internships, 研究- and performance-based experiences, and other pre-专业 activities.


Get in touch; we would love to chat.

A student group meets in a classroom, seen through a glass wall.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97