International Student and Scholar Services


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Employment Options for F-1 Students

On-Campus Employment

Work that is performed at St. Cloud State or at an off-campus location educationally affiliated with St. Cloud State.

Verification of F-1 Student's Employment on Campus (PDF)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

An internship or practicum that is an integral part of an established curriculum and is directly related to the student's major area of study.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Temporary off-campus employment for training directly related to the student’s major area of study once a student has completed their degree.

OPT Reporting Requirements

STEM Extension

An additional 24 months of Post-Completion OPT granted to certain government-designated degree-holders in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field.

STEM Extension Reporting Requirements

Cap-Gap Extension

Extends an international student's F-1 status between April 1 and Sept. 30 for qualified students who have applied for H-1B.

Severe Economic Hardship (SEH)

Off-campus work authorization based on severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student's control.