International students may qualify for some types of employment opportunities, including:
F-1 visa holders enrolled full-time (at least 9 graduate credits) are allowed to work on-campus. All on-campus work, including assistantships, is limited to a combined total of 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. F-1 students may work on-campus 40 hours per week during annual vacation and breaks only.
J-1 visa holders need written permission from their program sponsor to work on-campus. This permission must be requested for each on-campus job for each semester you will be employed. All on-campus work, including assistantships, is limited to a combined total of 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Visit On-Campus Employment for more information.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT is an experiential learning benefit granted to F-1 students to work in their major field of study. You can apply for twelve months of OPT for each level of study (Bachelor's, Master's, PhD). Students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors may apply for a 17-month extension.
Any F-1 student is eligible to apply for OPT who:
- Is in valid F-1 visa status and has been enrolled on a full-time basis for one academic year (two semesters).
- Possesses a valid foreign passport and a valid USF I-20 which indicates the student's correct major and level of study.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is a type of employment option that is available to F-1 students where the employment is a necessary part of the curriculum or academic program and will count towards the completion of the degree.
In order to be eligible for CPT, you must:
- Be a degree-seeking student
- Have been enrolled full-time for at least one academic year
- Have a valid passport & I-20