International Student Services

Practical Training Opportunities

One of the important benefits of the F-1 student status is practical training (PT.)  It allows you to apply for temporary employment in your field of study.  Practical Training is a privilege of F-1 status for which some F-1 students may qualify; it is not an entitlement of F-1 status. It may be available to F-1 students both before and after completing a course of study.

The objective of practical training employment is not for financial reasons.  Rather, it is to provide the opportunity for the practical application of your academic studies. There are other types of employment under F-1 immigration status which allow for authorized employment in the United States.  Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic semester (such as fall and/or spring semester), and full time employment during the summers which may be more appropriate.

Getting permission to work is only one part of the process.  To engage in practical training, student will need to find a job related to the field of study.

There are two opportunities for students to gain practical experience related to their field of study: