International Student and Scholar Services


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.


  • 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.


  • Cap-Gap Extension

    Extends an internation 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.