International Student Services
Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is 12-month work authorization available to F-1 international students who have been full-time students for at least two consecutive semesters and plan to seek employment in the United States in their field of study.
To apply and receive this benefit, students must follow the application procedure and timeline prescribed by USCIS, the U.S. government office which adjudicates applications for OPT.
To apply for OPT, you must obtain an I-20 recommending you for it from a Designated School Official. To receive this I-20, you must submit the following: