Services for International Students and Scholars

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is employment authorized for F-1 students to gain practical experience directly related to their major field of study.  You may undertake Optional Practical Training (OPT) as:

  • Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (Post-OPT), an opportunity to work in an area related to your field of study after the end of your study program
  • Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (Pre-OPT),  an opportunity to work in an area related to your field of study before you complete your program of study
  • Both Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (Pre-OPT) and Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (Post-OPT), as long as your Optional Practical Training  time does not exceed the 12-month limit.