Employment

International students may work on campus up to 20 hours (including graduate assistantship hours) during fall and spring semesters (40 hours during summer if not enrolled).

Students must request authorization to work each semester. Unauthorized work is a direct violation of F-1 status.

To get authorization to work, please complete the On Campus Employment Form each semester you intend to work and submit to ISSS.

A. Learn more about finding an on-campus job



B. Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

  • What is CPT?

    Employment authorization to allow qualifying students to engage in internships or practicums as required by their academic program.
  • Do I Qualify?

    Student must have been in valid F1 status 9 months preceding request for CPT authorization

    1. An Academic Advisor, Graduate Advisor, or Supervising Professor must recommend the student for CPT.
    2. Student must have an official job offer
    3. Student must provide proof of course enrollment in internship/practicum course
    4. NON DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS DO NOT QUALIFY

  • How do can I apply?

    1. Obtain letter from employer (on company letterhead) giving the following information:

      Job title
      Beginning and ending dates of employment
      Salary
      Number of hours per week to be worked
      Name and contact information of supervisor
      Brief description of work and location of work site

    2. Register for appropriate course; course enrollment must cover all periods of work. Note: full-time enrollment to stay in status still applies. A printout from BearWeb will be sufficient proof of course enrollment.
    3. CPT Authorization Form (completed and signed by student and faculty advisor)
    4. Passport, I-94 card, I-20, and visa

Bring all documents to the ISSS for review. No appointment necessary.

  • Does it cost?

    1. No! This authorization is free.

  • Then what?

    1. Please allow the ISSS office 3-4 business days to review and process your completed application.
    2. You will be notified via email to pick up your CPT I-20, which will have your work authorization dates printed on page 3.



C. Optional Practical Training (OPT)

  • Temporary employment to gain practical experience in your field of study
  • Work must directly relate to the F-1 major area of study
  • Must maintain student status to be eligible with a valid F-1 status 9 months preceding the CPT application


  • WHEN IT CAN BE DONE

    1. During the summer if you are enrolled for the next semester (pre-completion)
    2. During the semester ONLY if work hours are NO MORE than 20 per week (pre-completion)
    3. AFTER graduation
    4. AFTER completion of coursework and before graduation (if in a master�s or doctoral program)

  • LENGTH OF TIME ALLOWED TO WORK

    1. 12 months available
    2. Deduct 50% from the 12-month limit if doing a part-time OPT

  • HOW CAN I APPLY?

    1. Send a completed OPT request form to Leslie_Hicks to request OPT

  • Then what?

    1. Please allow the ISSS office 3-4 business days to review and process your request.
    2. You will be notified via email to make an appointment. You will need to sign and pick up your OPT I-20 and application documents.