Academic Training is work authorization for J-1 students for employment (directly related to the field of study) during or immediately after completion of the degree program. J-1 students are potentially eligible for one month of Academic Training for each month that they are in their academic program, with a cap for Academic Training being set at 18 months. (PhD graduates are eligible for up to 36 months of Academic Training.) J-1 students who are completing their academic program this semester, or are hoping to have a summer internship, should review the process for applying for Academic Training.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
[*Please note that the deadline to apply for a full-time CPT for the current Spring 2016 semester has already passed. For part-time CPT, the application window remains open until — and no later than — Friday, March 4th.]
CPT is a type of employment authorization used by students in F‐1 status who wish or need to engage in off-campus employment in their field of study when it is a required component of their curriculum, integral to their thesis or dissertation research (e.g., collecting data or testing hypotheses in a real world industry environment) or part of a cooperative education program in their field of study.
If interested, please consult the OIS CPT webpage about eligibility requirements, the application process, and other important information.
To begin the CPT process, applications are submitted by the student to the Career Development Center (2100 Pullen Hall). After review, application materials will be forwarded to OIS for final approval and authorization. The student will receive an email if additional materials are required or when the new CPT I-20 is processed, which takes 5 to 10 business days from the day OIS receives the application materials from the Career Development Center.
All international students must receive authorization prior to beginning work at an off-campus location.
The application window for a Summer 2016 CPT will open on Monday, March 14, 2016. Applications for both full- and part-time Summer CPT can be submitted up until Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
Please note that for Summer CPT, work authorization can begin no earlier than May 8, 2016 and end no later than August 16, 2016.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Those who are interested in OPT should proceed to the OPT webpage for eligibility requirements, the application process, and other pertinent information. Completed OPT applications are accepted the OIS office (320 Daniels Hall) during a drop-off session, Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
- J-1 students must apply for authorization for on-campus work prior to starting employment. Find the application and more information on the On-Campus Employment webpage. For information regarding off campus work for J-1 students, please refer to our article on Academic Training.
- All F-1 and J-1 students are limited to working up to a maximum of 20 hours per week on-campus during the academic semester. This includes both paid and unpaid employment
- There is no flexibility to this 20 hour per week limit. If you work only one minute more than the 20 hour per week limit during the academic semester, you are in violation of your F-1 or J-1 status.
- The 20 hour per week employment limit applies to all work on campus, even across multiple jobs. If you have more than one job on campus, it is very important that you coordinate with all supervisors so that you do not exceed 20 hours of employment.
- International students who have on-campus employment are solely responsible for keeping track of their work hours and ensuring that they do not exceed 20 hours of work per week.
- It is possible for students to exceed the 20 hours per week limitation during vacation terms such as summer break. In order to qualify as a vacation term, the summer session cannot be your first term of enrollment, or your last (or final) term of enrollment. As these are not classified as vacation terms, students are still limited to the 20 hour per week limitation for on-campus employment.
- Provided that you were enrolled in Spring, and will enroll in Fall, you are eligible to work more than 20 hours per week on campus during the summer. Please note that for the purposes of on-campus employment, the summer begins 5/8/2016 and ends 8/16/2016. You must not exceed 20 hours before May 8, 2016 or after August 16, 2016.
- All on-campus employment must stop if your I-20 or DS-2019 has expired or if your last semester of required enrollment has ended, which ever occurs first.