International Students

PLEASE READ: Students currently receiving a graduate assistantship are NOT eligible to work as a regular student employee. Please inquire only if you are NOT currently receiving a graduate assistantship.

How many hours must I be enrolled in order to work on campus?

International students on F-1 visas must be enrolled at least full-time (12 credit hours-Undergraduate/Law, or 9 credit hours-graduate) for the fall and spring semesters. The exceptions to less than full-time enrollment for international student on F-1 visas are: (1) if it is your last semester of enrollment, or you are working on your phase of dissertation or thesis, then you must be enrolled at least part-time; (2) if it is due to special circumstances (i.e., medical), then you will have to provide in writing to the Student Employment Office the reason(s) and it must be approved by the Financial Aid Director; (3) if it is during the Summer term and school breaks between semesters (winter breaks, spring breaks), no enrollment is required. Concurrent enrollment at this university and a community college, college, and another university is not acceptable for enrollment requirements for employment eligibility at this university.

Do I need a social security number in order to work?

International students on F-1 visas must obtain and use valid federal social security number in order to be eligible for employment on-campus. To obtain a valid federal social security number, you must go to the Social Security Administration Office located at 1330 Monroe Avenue. You must bring with you your I-20 and passport to show them, and on letterhead, proof of employment on-campus. Once you obtain a  valid federal social security number, go the the Registrar's Office in Wilder Tower, Room 003, and request that your social security number be entered in Banner under your student profile. You will need to show them your social security card. Notify student employment once this is done.

How many hours a week can I work?

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, if you are an international student on F-1 visa and enrolled at least full-time, you may engage in part-time on-campus employment, but not to exceed 20 hours per week, which includes all pay sources. However, you may be employed on-campus full-time not to exceed 40 hours a week, which includes all pay sources, during school breaks (winter breaks, spring breaks, and summer term), your last semester before graduating, or during your thesis or dissertation phase of study, or you have special permission for full-time employment as part of a coop or internship program. The student employment office will need a copy of this special permission for your employment file. If you have questions regarding employment visa restrictions, contact your International Students Advisor, International Center, Room 110, at (901) 678-5918.