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F-1 and J-1 students studying full-time may work on-campus up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session, they may work more than 20 hours when classes are not in session.

J-1 students must have authorization from the officer of their exchange program before they are employed.

H-4 students cannot be employed.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT):

Through a program called CPT, F-1 students are allowed to enroll in a credit-bearing paid or unpaid internship.  This is a way for students to gain work experience and develop skills in their program of study.  Students may only work on CPT while they are enrolled in classes and cannot work on CPT after graduation.  The student is responsible for finding an internship offer and they must have approval from the PDSO before registering for CPT. Students that are authorized to work CPT may only work a maximum of 20 hours per week while school is in session.  If the student plans to work more than 20 hours per week during breaks they must consult with their DSO.


Optional Practical Training (OPT):

There are two types of OPT, Post Completion and Pre-Completion.

Post Completion OPT must take place after graduation.  F-1 Students are allowed to work full time for up to one year to gain work experience in their field of study.  F-1 students in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program may apply for an additional 17 months of OPT beyond their initial 12 months.  Detailed information about the STEM program can be found here.

Pre-Completion OPT can be obtained prior to graduation and students are allowed to work 20 hours a week while school is in session and 40 hours a week during holidays and vacations.  The amount of hours worked under Pre-Completion OPT is deducted from the students Post Completion OPT.


For detailed information on OPT and CPT please contact The Center for International Programs.