The information here is for accepted and enrolled International Students on F-1 visas.

Employment Categories

  • Limited to 20 hours per week during required semesters.
  • No upper limit during school holidays or summer semester (unless summer is first or last semester).

  • On-campus employment must end with the completion of the program.

  • On-campus employment does not have to be reported to OIE, but students without a Social Security Number will need to submit the On Campus Employment Verification form.


For more information, click on the Social Security button below:


Social Security

CPT (Curricular Practical Training) is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. CPT does require a CPT authorized I-20 from the Office of International Education before starting employment. For more information on CPT, click the CPT button below.



OPT (Optional Practical Training) allows a student to engage in temporary employment to gain practical experience in his or her field of study. OPT requires an updated I-20, with the OPT recommendation on page 2 from the Office of International Education before submitting your application to USCIS. For more information about the various types of OPT please see appropriate link below:





Pre-Completion OPT


Pre-Completion Mailing Instructions












An eligible F-1 student may request off-campus employment work authorization based upon severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student's control. For more information on Economic Hardship, click the button below:

Regulations allow DHS to suspend or alter rules regarding duration of status, full course of study, and employment eligibility, for specific groups of students from parts of the world that are experiencing emergent circumstances. For more information and a list of current Special Student Relief Notices click the button below:

Special Student Relief