On-Campus Employment

Students who are maintaining F-1 status are eligible to work on-campus. USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) authorization is not required. Work performed on the school premises is "on-campus" employment as long as the employment provides direct services to students. Students are permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session and full-time during holidays or school vacation periods, provided the student intends to enroll full-time during the academic term following the vacation period. This 20 hour total includes hours spent working on an assistantship. For example, a one-third time assistantship is equivalent to 13 hours of work; therefore, the student can work a maximum of 7 additional hours on campus to total 20 hours.

On-campus employment is not permitted after completion of a course of study (other than through optional practical training) unless the student has been accepted, received an I-20, and is planning to enroll in a new educational program at the same educational institution.

ELI students are not permitted to work.

Graduate Assistantships

Students can only apply for graduate assistantships once they have been accepted into their program.

  • Go here for details about assistantships, or to download the handbook.
  • Students who have been awarded Graduate Assistantships have a different fee schedule.

Off-Campus Employment

There are two types of off-campus employment that international students can engage in: