Overview and definition
F-1 students are eligible to work on-campus while attending classes. The work does not need to be related to the student’s field of study. Students must maintain legal F-1 status while engaging in on-campus employment.
On-campus employment includes:
- Work done in the University library, laboratories, residential buildings, administrative offices, or doing research on-campus
- Employment with on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as restaurants located in a University-owned building
- If you have questions about if something counts as “on- campus,” ASK!
- Students may work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and up to 40 hours per week during periods when school is not in session or during approved summer vacation
- Graduating students are allowed to work until the official last day of university finals. The dates of the finals period are posted in the Academic Calendar. (Check the calendar to confirm the dates for your school)
NOTE: If a student already has a Social Security Number and/or another on-campus job, he/she does not need to request an on-campus employment form from the Office of Global Services (OGS). In this case, the student can apply for on-campus work directly with the Office of Student Employment, Graduate Assistantships and Fellowship (SEGAF)
When a student has been offered an on-campus job for the first time, he/she needs to obtain an on-campus employment form from OGS if he or she does not have a Social Security Number. This form can be presented to the Social Security Administration in order to apply for a Social Security Number. Please follow the steps below if you have a job offer and need to obtain a Social Security Number:
1 Make sure your employer is considered on-campus by OGS by referring to the list below.
2 Log into myOGS.
Submit the F-1 On-Campus Employment Request e-form.
3 A Designated School Official from OGS will review and sign the letter.
An e-mail will be sent to your Husky email once the letter is ready for pick-up.
NOTE: The processing time for the on-campus employment letter is five business days.
4 Present the letter to the Social Security Administration in order to apply for a Social Security Number.
For detailed instructions on how to apply for a Social Security Number, please refer to the Social Security Number section of OGS website.
5 Visit the Student Employment Office to complete the hiring process.
Check the SEGAF website for more information.
F-1 students may work up to 40 hours per week during periods when school is not in session or during summer vacation.
- Between terms or semesters
- The day after the last day of the final exam period up until the start of the next term/semester
- Vacation/Break (ie. Thanksgiving Recess, Winter Break/Vacation, Spring Break)
- Summer is not considered a vacation period under the following circumstances:
- If summer is the first term of your program
- If you complete your program during a summer term
- If your program requires you to take a full course load during a summer term
NOTE: If a student decides to take a summer class by choice, he/she should still be able to work more than 20 hours per week.
The official start and end date of terms, exams, and recesses are all posted in the Academic Calendar. Check the calendar to confirm the dates for your school.
Approved on-campus employers
The following non-Northeastern on-campus employers have been determined to be acceptable for on-campus employment for international students by OGS.
(Please pay attention to the specific location that is considered on-campus employment. For example, you would be allowed to work at Tatte Bakery and Cafe in Marino Center but not at any general Tatte Bakery and Cafe location).
Approved non-Northeastern on-campus employers:
- Dunkin Donuts (Shillman Hall)
- Dunkin Donuts (Richards/Hayden Hall)
- Caffe Strega (ISEC)
- Reprographics (Ell Hall)
- Vanguard (Columbus Parking Garage)
- B.Good (Marino Center)
- Cafe 716
- Rebecca’s (Churchill Hall)
- Chicken Lou’s
- Subway (Ryder Hall)
- Ryder Cafe (Ryder Hall)
- Cafe Crossing (International Village)
- Kaplan (Belvidere)
- Tatte Bakery and Cafe
Unapproved on-campus employers
The following non-Northeastern on-campus employers have been determined to be unacceptable for on-campus employment for international students by OGS.
Unapproved non-Northeastern employers near campus:
- Amelia’s Taqueria
- Ruggles MBTA Eateries
- Boston Shawarma
- Wings Over Boston
- Conor Larkin’s
- Chatime NEU
- University House of Pizza
- New England Conservatory
If the on-campus employer you would like to work at is not listed on either the acceptable or unacceptable list, please contact OGS for guidance. DO NOT START WORKING until you receive an approval from OGS.