International Student Resources

Office of International Student Affairs (ISA)
To ensure a smooth transition, the Office of International Student Affairs offers comprehensive immigration support to assist international students with F-1 and J-1 immigration statuses, and aids with authorization paperwork for employment during your studies and post-graduation.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training is available for students who are earning academic credit for the employment or if it is required for the degree, such as an internship with job responsibilities that are related to the student's major. Students must be in full-time F-1 status for one full academic year before eligible to apply.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
According to the Department of Homeland Security, students with F-1 visas who have completed at least one year of full-time academic study are eligible to work full-time for 12 months. Optional Practical Training must be directly related to a student's academic major and can be used prior to or after graduation for a paid internship, part-time job and/or full-time position when you work more than 20 hours. Students holding Science, Technology, Engineering, Quantitative Finance or Math degrees may qualify for an additional 24 months.

H-1B Visa
To obtain H1-B status for a foreign employee, an employer must file a petition with the Department of Homeland Security permitting a foreign national employee to work an additional one to six years in the U.S. Check out H1Base for visa, Green Card, and immigration information.

Communication Skills Training
Learning English is a vital step in your U.S.job search. Find a few free resources below to help you get started.

Saltzman Center – Visit the weekly foreign language group at this center.

Sayitlikeso – Speech fitness application for speaking clearly and articulating in English

Rachel's English ​– Tool for pronouncing English sounds more effectively.

English Language Speech Assistant – ELSA is an APP free to download to help non-native English speakers learn the language based on their pronunciation.

English Central – Watch video lessons and use all basic membership features for free.

Toastmasters​ – FREE Videos on Speaking Tips​ – Quick grammar guides​ – Free online talking dictionary of English pronunciation (helpful for interviewing)