International Student FAQs
Employment options for F-1 students are very limited:
- On-campus work-study
You are allowed to work on-campus for 20 hours or less per week only if a job is available. On-campus jobs are very limited. Prior authorization from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not required.
- Off-campus employment (Curricular Practical Training/CPT)
A student can work off-campus part-time only after 12 months of study and if it is required by the program of study. For example, if the Associate in Applied Science in Network Management includes the Work-based Learning course as part of the study, you are allowed to engage in the co-op/internship as dictated by the curriculum. Before engaging in this type of employment, it must be indicated on the I-20 by the coordinator of International Student Services and coordinated through the Career Services on campus.
- Post completion off-campus employment (Optional Practical Training/OPT)
Once a student graduates with an associate degree, 12 months of full-time work is permitted off campus but has to be related to the field of study. The international coordinator will assist the student in applying for this type of employment through USCIS. Authorization is required before the student should begin working.