On-Campus Employment

On-campus employment for F-1 international students is limited to:

  • 20 hours a week (part-time) during the fall and spring semesters
  • 40 hours a week (full-time) during summer and University breaks

Visit our jobs page to find on-campus employment.

Students who are employed must obtain a Social Security number.


Off-Campus Employment

Students may not work off-campus unless they have first obtained authorization from the Office of International Student Services.

Off-campus employment is designed to help students gain work experience in their field of study.

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is for students who are required to have an internship as part of their degree program.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) is for students to obtain work experience, independent of any formal internship. Students generally take OPT after the completion of their degree program.


Students must be registered for an internship course at UAA during the semester(s) in which they would like to take their CPT.

Students are to go through the Career Services Center to submit their CPT request to the ISS Office. 

Once the request has been received, ISS will process the request and authorize the student's employment through the SEVIS system and issue a new I-20. 

Students must abide by the Start and End dates on the I-20.

Extensions and additional CPT requests must go through the Career Services Center and cannot be initiated with the ISS office.


Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a benefit given to F-1 students who are completing an Associate, Bachelor or Graduate degree in the United States. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for employment experience in a student's field of study.

OPT is authorized by the International Student Adviser and is approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Students must receive an authorized OPT I-20 from the ISS Office before applying to USCIS for an Employment Authorization Card (EAD). 

In order to obtain an OPT I-20 student must complete the OPT Workshop on this website and submit the required documents to the ISS Office.


CPT does not interfere with students' eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation unless they have done a total of 12 months full-time CPT during their degree program. In this case, they would lose the option to do OPT.  Amounts under the 12 months full-time DO NOT cancel any portion of OPT.