Working in the United States for F-1 Visa Students

Opportunities for F-1 students

  • On-Campus Work: F-1 students are eligible to work only on the Albion College campus. Federal regulations stipulate that you work no more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session, except during vacation periods. To find a job, look on the student employment website. The amount of money you earn during the school year is usually enough for books and pocket money.

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT): F-1 degree students may apply for a CPT after having completed their first year of college. The CPT must be part of your academic major and can be for no more than 20 hours per week. In order to apply for a CPT, students must see CIE Director Dr. Debra Peterson for an application and guidelines.

  • Optional Practical Training (OPT): Upon completion of your academic degree, F-1 students are permitted to apply for an OPT. This training is valid for one year, must be within your major field of study, and must be approved by Immigration and Naturalization Services. In order to apply for an OPT, students must see CIE Director Dr. Debra Peterson for an application and guidelines at the end of their junior year or start of their senior year.