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Hiring International Students

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We host students from more than a dozen countries. Below is a short overview of the employment options available to international students. 

Practical Training Options
Practical training is a means by which F-1 students can obtain employment in areas related to their academic field of study. Students must have completed one academic year of study and maintain their F-1 status to be eligible for this option. Practical training can be obtained through Optional Practical Training or Curricular Practical Training.

International students on F-1 visas are eligible for Curricular Practical Training while completing their studies as well as 12 months of Optional Practical Training under certain conditions.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training is a 12 month temporary employment authorization that provides an opportunity for F-1 students to apply knowledge acquired from their academic program to a work experience in their major field of study. It is a benefit of maintaining status that is available during an F-1 student's course of study (pre-degree completion), after each degree level completed (post-degree completion), or may be used a combination of both pre- and post-degree completion as long as one does not exceed the equivalent of 12 months of OPT authorization.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is designed to provide work experience directly related and integral to a student's degree of study. It is not intended for general, ongoing work authorization. Co-op positions and Internships, even if unpaid, require CPT authorization.

H1-B Visa
The H1-B visa is a temporary employment status that allows an employer to hire an international citizen in the United States. It is the employer's responsibility to file the H1-B petition on behalf of the employee. There are a limited number of H1-B visas available each year. Applications become available on April 1 of each year. If awarded, H1-B status becomes effective on October 1 of the same year.

Our international students are an impressive group of individuals who have achieved excellence and created value in their academic careers. These students add such merit to Whitman that they have become an integral part of the cultural diversity of the School. For more information regarding these programs, please refer to the Slutzker Center for International Services.