Students on the F-1 visa may work on-campus without any special work authorization for up to 20 hours/week when classes are in session and up to 40 hours/week during vacations and breaks. Applications for on-campus employment are made through individual offices and departments.
CPT is intended for currently enrolled full-time degree seeking students on the F-1 visa who would like to seek an internship off-campus that relates to their course of study. CPT is authorized in the Center for International Studies. For more information and application instructions, please visit our website: http://cis.wfu.edu/iss/employment/cpt/
OPT is intended primarily for those completing their course of study. OPT enables students to remain in the U.S. for 12 additional months after they have completed their studies to pursue full-time employment. Applications must be submitted to U.S. Customs and Immigration Services for approval, a process that can take 2-3 months. For more information and application instructions, please visit our website: http://cis.wfu.edu/iss/employment/opt/
F-1 students who experience economic hardship brought about by unforeseen circumstances beyond their control may apply for off-campus work authorization if on-campus employment opportunities are either not available or otherwise insufficient. Applications are submitted to U.S. Customs and Immigration Services for final approval. For more information and application instructions, please visit our website: http://cis.wfu.edu/iss/employment/hardship/