Social Security Number
Information and Instructions: Apply for a SSN
F-1 Students are allowed to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week when classes are in session and full time during breaks. A student must have a social security card before he/she begins to work.
See the Career Development page for campus job listings in the Career Portal.
Curricular Practical Training – CPT
Curricular practical training (CPT) is an alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education or other type of required practicum that a sponsoring employer offers through cooperative agreements with your college or university.
CPT is only available for F-1 students when it is part of an established curriculum within a school. CPT must be integral to your program of study.
Optional Practical Training
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a form of training, often paid, that directly relates to your program of study. You can apply for OPT after you finish your program of study, known as post-completion OPT.
In order to apply for OPT, F-1 students must request approval from their DSO.
You can apply for 12 months of OPT at each education level, (i.e., you may have 12 months of OPT at the bachelor’s level and another 12 months of OPT at the master’s level). If you are an F-1 student earning a degree science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), you may be eligible for the STEM OPT extension. For more information, visit the STEM OPT page on Study in the States.
The application time for students is 90 days before graduation through 60 days after graduation.