There are limited opportunities for international students to work while studying.

To be eligible for on-campus employment, you must be enrolled in a full course of study and remain enrolled full-time during the academic year.

All off-campus employment for F-1 students including Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), STEM OPT, H-1 B Cap Gap Extension, and economic hardship have specific eligibility requirements, application processes, and limitations. Failure to obtain proper authorization, even for a volunteer or unpaid position, can result in a violation of status.

All employment for J-1 students including on-campus employment and academic training (AT) require authorization. Individuals in J-2 status are also eligible to apply for J-2 employment authorization.

A Note of Caution: Students should not begin any off-campus employment (paid or unpaid) before obtaining employment authorization. Working off-campus without employment authorization is a serious violation of F-1 student status and could have a significant impact on your program of study and future entries to the U.S.