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 Center room 133, or online here.
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 Center room 133, or view online here.