Degree–seeking international students can be eligible for employment and other types of practical training in the U.S., but with certain restrictions. The role of the International Education and Global Engagement, and specifically International Students and Scholars (ISS), is to provide guidance to students about their responsibilities and the benefits available to them in accordance with immigrations regulations and policies.  

Degree-seeking international students can explore the following work opportunities while they are in F-1 status:

    1. On-Campus Employment
    2. Off-Campus Practical Training
        A. Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
        B. Optional Practical Training (OPT)
        C. 24-Month STEM OPT extension
        D. Cap Gap Extension
    3. Other Off-Campus employment
        A. Employment based on severe economic hardship
        B. Special Student Relief for F-1 students
        C. Employment with an International Organization

The International Education and Global Engagement, through International Students and Scholars, offers a variety of services to help degree-seeking international students and scholars understand their employment benefits. The following services are available to new and continuing students as well as alumni:

Meet with an Advisor/DSO

International Student Advisors are available by drop-in or appointment.

Click here to view the Fall 2020 / Winter 2021 Workshop Schedule and choose your preferred Zoom session. 


Workshops are 45-60-minute sessions, where students can learn in detail about the different employment benefits available to them. Learn about eligibility requirements, application process and deadlines, and how to continue to maintain F-1 status while in CPT, OPT or STEM OPT.

Disclosure: Due to unforeseen circumstances, workshops sometimes do not proceed as scheduled. There is a 10-minute grace period for an advisor to begin the session. If they are not available after that grace period, please consider rescheduling a different date. Thank you for understanding.

Special Presentations

These are 60-90-minute sessions where students will learn about special topics of interest such as: H-1B visa, MAVNI program, professional and career development topics, taxes, social security, among other things. These sessions will be presented by experts, guest speakers from the community, and other CSULB departments.