Students in F-1 or J-1 status may accept employment under certain conditions. Please note, this page is meant for informational purposes only - if you have questions about or would like to determine your eligibility for F-1 or J-1 employment, please contact Cranwell International Center.
All F-1 or J-1 students are permitted to work on-campus. During the Fall and Spring semester, and during other terms where a student is enrolled full-time, students are limited to 20 hours of work per week. A work week starts each Saturday at 12:01 AM and ends on the following Friday at 11:59 PM. While school is not in session, students are eligible to work over 20 hours per week. The following are considered breaks:
- Thanksgiving Break
- Winter Break
- Spring Break
- Summer Break
J-1 students are required to report on-campus employment each semester.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students
F-1 students may be authorized by their DSO to participate in a CPT program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. CPT is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. For more information, please plan to attend one of our informational seminars. Sign up today!
Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students
There are multiple OPT opportunities for students. Typically, students apply for post-completion OPT. Post-completion OPT provides employment authorization in the US for one year (up to three if you hold a STEM-eligible degree). Employment must be related to field of study. We recommend learning more about the process during your final semester. For more information, please plan to attend one of our informational seminars. Sign up today!
Academic Training for J-1 Students
J-1 students are permitted to accept employment directly related to their field of study through academic training. Academic training may not exceed a cumulative total of 18 months, or the period of full course of study in the US - whichever is less. Your J-1 program sponsor approves academic training. If you would like more information, please call our office to set an appointment with our ARO, Rachel Woodson.
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