F-1 students who receive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees and meet other requirements (see below) are eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

F-1 students may apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization, which helps them apply their classroom learning to the real-world.

If you want to switch your F-1 student status to a H-1B temporary employment status after completing a program of study or Post-Completion Optional Practical Training, read below about the cap gap extension.

While Curricular Practical Training (CPT) helps F-1 students gain valuable work experience, advisors, co-op coordinators, and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System contacts play an integral role in setting these students up for success.

Sometimes in life, the unexpected happens. If you experience a financial hardship and you are currently studying in the USA on an F-1 visa, you may request an employment authorization.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) helps F-1 students at Northeastern University gain valuable work experience before their scheduled program end date—making it an integral part of their academic program.

If you are an F-1 student, you may be eligible to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT), which helps you gain practical work experience related to your field of study.

F-1 students on Post-Completion Optional Training are required to report specific changes of their status to the Office of Global Services (OGS). See the full list below.

With the help of the Stipended Graduate Assistantships (SGA), eligible F-1 and J-1 students are participating in part-time teaching and residence hall duties and performing world-class research.

At Northeastern University, F-1 and J-1 students are encouraged to give back so others can get ahead. While volunteering may seem simple, it is actually a complex area in which immigration regulations and labor laws intersect.

As a student at Northeastern, you may have the opportunity to participate in an international co-op. If this occurs, you may need approval from the Office of Global Services to work outside the USA.