Current Students

Off-Campus Employment

International students are eligible to work off-campus after official permission is granted. There are two primary types of off-campus employment for which international students may apply:

F-1 Students

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

F-1 students may be authorized to participate in a CPT program that is an integral part of their respective curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined as "alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school." There is no specified time limit on either the number of times or the length of time a student may engage in either part-time or full-time curricular practical training. This will be governed by the nature of the training program and the requirements of the student's program of study. However, students who engage in one year or more of full-time CPT are NOT eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

The following items are required for the CPT application:

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

An F-1 student may apply for temporary employment involving practical training "directly related to the student's major area of study and commensurate with the student's educational level." The duration of this employment authorization is a total of 12 months per level. Students are eligible for another 12 months of OPT when they change levels (i.e. from Bachelor's to Master's).

The following items are required for the OPT application: