International Student Employment Options

International students on F-1 and J-1 visas have to abide by certain rules and restrictions regarding employment while they are enrolled for classes in their degree program. Please read through the sections carefully and consult an International Student Advisor if you have any questions or concerns.

Optional Practical Training

Through OPT, F-1 students can gain hands-on work experience related to their academic field of study. Learn more about eligibility, the application process and ISS-provided OPT workshops.

Curricular Practical Training

CPT allows F-1 students to gain paid or unpaid practical training directly related to your major field of study. Learn more about eligibility, the application process and ISS-provided CPT workshops.

On-Campus Employment

There are numerous on-campus locations where you can work. Learn more about the policies and application process for on-campus employment.
On-Campus Employment

Employment Workshops

The ISS office holds regular Employment Workshops for international students looking to work during their time at Cal State Fullerton. Workshops are held on-campus and online.

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Employment Guidelines

fall and spring

Fall/Spring Semesters
You are limited to working a maximum of 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters

summer and winter

Summer/Winter Breaks
You can work up to a maximum of 40 hours per week during summer and winter breaks

summer and winter

Working on Campus
You are limited to working only on campus at Cal State Fullerton

summer and winter

Applying for Off-campus Work Permit
You must be in F-1 or J-1 status for at least one academic year before applying for an off-campus work permit

We are Here to Help

The employment process can be complicated, and you will probably have questions throughout the process. You can send us a message at any time and a staff member will get back to you soon, or book an appointment to speak with one of our advisors.

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ISS Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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