On Campus Employment
International students can only work a maximum of 20 hours a week on campus during the academic year when classes are in session. During break periods students can work a maximum of 40 hours a week. All students who plan to work must apply for a social security number which is coordinated through the International Student Advisor.
Off Campus Employment
International students at Gettysburg College can work off campus during the summer break, the fall or spring semester, or after graduation. Employment off campus during the summer or fall or spring semester is authorized as CPT and employment off campus after graduation is authorized as OPT. All students who plan to work must apply for a social security number which is coordinated through the International Student Advisor.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is a type of employment for an F-1 student. It allows you to gain work experience that is an integral part of the curriculum or program. This employment may be an internship, cooperative education job, a practicum or any other work experience, provided it is either for credit or required for your degree. At Gettysburg College, students apply for CPT after they have applied and accepted a work opportunity off campus for the summer. or fall or spring semester. CPT is authorized by the International Student Advisor. Click here for further information about eligibility requirements and the application process.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT provides the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical work experience off campus. At Gettysburg College, students apply for OPT at the beginning of their last semester before graduating. OPT is authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). This authorization can take up to 90 days to obtain. The maximum amount of time granted to work in F-1 practical training status is 12 months and must be completed within 14 months of graduation. You may use some of or all available 12 months of practical training during your course of study or save the full twelve months to use after you graduate. You may apply 120 days before your planned employment start date but you must apply prior to graduation. Click here for further information about eligibility requirements and the application process.