International Student & Scholar Workshops

Optional Practical Training Workshops

Learn about the process to apply for Optional Practical Training, as well as employment considerations and reporting requirements. Attendance at an OPT Workshop is mandatory for all students applying to OPT.

Please note that you are required to attend an OPT workshop during your last semester in order to be eligible to apply for OPT. You may attend a workshop earlier than this time, but only attendance at a workshop in your last semester will count for this requirement. Your request to apply for OPT will NOT be approved until after you have attended a workshop.

Registering for OPT Workshops

All workshops begin at 4:30pm and last until 6:00pm. You must arrive by 4:30pm. If you are late, you will NOT be allowed to enter the workshop and will have to attend a different one.

You should also go to the OPT Policies and Procedures Page and review the policy and procedure before attending the workshop.

For the fall 2021 semester, OPT workshops will be held virtually on these dates at 4:30pm CT

Wednesday, September 1st,

Thursday, September 2nd,

Wednesday, September 8th,

Thursday, September 9th,

Wednesday, September 22nd, 

Thursday, September 23rd.

Please use this link to sign up for one of the sessions. 

*Additional OPT Workshops will be scheduled as needed. Please monitor your Baylor email for updates from ISSS about dates and times.*

H-1B Workshop

Come learn about the H-1B application process from an employee perspective including eligibility requirements, eligible occupations and timing concerns. Permanent Residency will also be discussed. David Swaim, a local immigration attorney, will be hosting a seminar about H1-B and finding jobs in the US.

This seminar will be on October 14th at 5:30pm and will be fully online. Please register to attend

Tax Workshops

Need help filing your taxes? Come to our Tax Workshop to learn more about important updates on changes in tax law, as well as how to use Sprintax, our office's free software for filing taxes as an F-1 or J-1 international student or scholar.

Workshops will be posted for the Spring Semester in January 2020.

Center for Global Engagement

Hankamer Academic Center, H 160.01
1428 S. 5th St.
Waco, TX 76798

One Bear Place #97012
Waco, TX 76798-7012

(254) 710-1461