Services for International Students and Scholars

F-1 On-Campus Employment

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 summer vacation.
Please select your college from the list below to determine if your program requires you to be enrolled in courses in the summer. In this case, you would still only be allowed to work 20 hours per week on-campus.

D'Amore McKim School of Business

  • Professional Accounting
  • Certificate Programs (with start date in Summer 1 and Spring before)
  • MS in Finance
  • MS in International Business
  • MBA, MS in Finance/MBA
  • MS in Technological Entrepreneurship
  • Part Time Evening MBA

College of Engineering

Degree seeking (with start date in Summer 1 and Summer 2)

Bouve College of Health Sciences

  • Speech Language and Pathology MS
  • Doctor of Audiology AuD
  • Counseling Psychology MS/CAGS and PhD
  • School Psychology MS/CAGS and PhD
  • Physician Assistant MS and MS/MPH
  • Nurse Anesthesia MS/CAGS
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing PhD
  • Nursing Direct Entry MS (however we are no longer accepting international students in this program)
  • PharmD (6th year)
  • Direct Entry PharmD
  • Occupational Ergonomics and Health MS
  • Post Baccalaureate Doctor of Physical Therapy DPT

College of Arts, Media and Design

  • MS in Music
  • MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

College of Professional Studies

  • Global Pathways
  • American Classroom
  • US Pathways Program (USPP)
  • Summer Pre-College Program
  • The following CPS programs are the only programs that allow for full-time study during the summer term for F-1 students. They are not required to start in summer, but only if they are applying and summer is the next available or current term available:
  • MS in Regulatory Affairs
  • MS in Global Studies and International Relations

School of Law

MS in LLM (LLM has Summer Start beginning in summer and Fall Start ending in summer),

Undergraduate Day

Some Undergraduate athletes have Summer 2 enrollment as first semester at NU

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. On-campus employment includes:

  • work done as a research assistant as well as jobs in the University library, laboratories, and administrative offices
  • employment with on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as restaurants located in a University-owned building.

Students must maintain legal F-1 status while engaging in on-campus employment. F-1 students should submit an on-campus employment form to the OGS. This form can be presented to the Social Security Administration in order to apply for a Social Security Number.

  • 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 summer vacation.
  • Graduating students are allowed to work until the last day of university finals. Please visit the Registrar’s calendar to check the university finals for specific schools/programs: http://www.northeastern.edu/registrar/calendars.html#future.
  • Students who have been awarded a stipended graduate assistantship (SGA) cannot have additional on-campus employment
  • Students participating in Curricular Practical Training (Co-op) and Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (Pre-OPT) may not simultaneously work on-campus.

Please 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 OGS. When a student has been offered an on-campus job for the first time, he/she needs to obtain an on-campus employment form the OGS. This form can be presented to the Social Security Administration in order to apply for a Social Security Number. Please follow the steps below for on-campus employment form application with the OGS:

Step 1: Print the On-Campus Employment Letter from the Employment Forms section on the OGS website.

Step 2: Complete Section I (Personal Information) and have your on-campus employer complete and sign Section II (Employment Information).

Step 3: Log into MyOGS, upload the On-Campus Employment Letter, and submit the e-form.

Step 4: A Designated School Official from the Office of Global Services will review and sign the Letter. An e-mail will be sent to you once the Letter is ready for pick-up. Please note, the processing time for the on-campus employment letter is five business days. You can 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 (SSN) Instructions form on the OGS website.

Please view Social Security Number (SSN) information here.

Students who have been awarded a Stipended Graduate Assistantship (SGA) will need to request an SGA Social Security Number Letter from the Office of Global Services (OGS) which must be signed by a Designated School Official (DSO). To apply for a letter, please follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Complete the e-form. You will be asked to provide information such as the College where you will be providing services and your start date.

Step 2: A DSO from the OGS will review and sign the letter. An e-mail will be sent to you once the letter is ready for pick-up. You can 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 (SSN) Instructions form. Please note, the processing time for the SGA Social Security Number Letter is five business days. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the OGS if there are any changes to his/her SGA.