In order to maintain valid F-1 status, a student must not work in the United States, unless the employment is specifically authorized under the regulations:
- On-campus employment
- Graduate assistantships
- Practical Training
- Severe Economic Hardship
- Employment with an International Organization
International students are eligible to work on-campus up to 20 hours a week while school is in session, and full time during all breaks. For on-campus employment opportunities, please visit Career Services located in the Guerrieri Student Union, Second floor, or online on the Career Services website.
Initial entry students cannot begin work more than 30 days before classes start.
- Initial entry students cannot begin work more than 30 days before classes start
- In the case of a transfer in SEVIS, the student may only engage in on-campus employment at the school with jurisdiction over the student's SEVIS record.
- A student may not engage in on-campus employment during the 60-day grace period following the completion of a course of study or thereafter, except in the following situations.
- Employment authorized for OPT
- Employment between academic levels at the same school
- Can be in any on-campus position that does not displace a U.S. worker; does not have to be related to course
- Employment is "incident to status," and does not require DSO or DHS approval
- Employment must not displace a U.S. resident
A student enrolled in a Master's program is normally required to carry 9 semester hours. If you have been awarded a graduate assistantship, you may reduce your course load to 6 semester hours.
For graduate assistantship opportunities please inquire within your academic department, visit the Career Services office in Guerrieri Student Union, Second floor, or view online at the Graduate Assistantships.