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F-1 Student Employment


While you are studying in the United States, you may be interested in working. You may want to work to gain experience in your field of study or simply to make some money. As an F-1 student, you may be eligible to work both on and off-campus.

You will need to obtain authorization before beginning work. You must also follow the rules and restrictions that apply to your type of employment.

It is a serious violation of your F-1 status to work without authorization. Failure to follow federal regulations regarding employment could affect your status. Contact the International Student Office if you have questions.


Employment Options for F-1 Students

 On-Campus Employment

On-campus employment is a job on the WKU campus where you are paid by the University. F-1 students are often employed in student hourly positions or assistantships. Learn more »

Curricular Practical Training 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work that’s integral to your academic program, usually performed off-campus and in your field of study while you are still enrolled as a student. Learn more »

Optional Practical Training 

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is work done for an employer in your field of study, usually following graduation. This authorization is granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Learn more »


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 Last Modified 1/6/17