International Student Employment & Training
Generally, you can work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the academic year, and full time during breaks, but you need to apply for a social security number first. J-1 students need additional approvals from ISSS.
There are limited options for international students who want to work off campus:
After you've finished 1 academic year in F-1 status, you can apply for practical training, which gives you practical experience in the field you're studying. There are 2 kinds of practical training:
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is considered part of your academic curriculum. This form of training is required by your program, and you get academic credit for it. Learn more >>
- Optional Practical Training (OPT) is also tied to your field of study, but it's not a required part of your curriculum. You can do OPT either during your academic program or after you've finished your studies. Learn more >>
Academic Training (AT) is a paid job or unpaid internship that complements your program of study. You can participate in AT either during your academic program or after you've finished your studies. Learn more >>