Good news! Immigration regulations allow for F-1 and J-1 students to work on campus more than 20 hours per week during summer semester and during official university breaks. During the summer 2014 semester, F-1 and J-1 students can more than 20 hours per week between May 18 and August 26, 2014.
During the fall and spring semesters, students are limited to 20 hours of automatic on campus work authorization. The fall 2014 semester begins August 27, 2014.
Students who are searching for on campus employment should look at the Hire a Longhorn job bank. However, there are many types of employment advertised on this site. Please look only at part-time, on campus employment. Students can also find on campus jobs by going directly to offices on campus and inquiring if they are hiring part-time student employees. Many positions will require students to submit a resume and cover letter. For help developing a resume or cover letter, students can contact their school or college’s career center. Additionally, the Engineering Career Assistance Center offers some resume tips for international students.
Acceptable On-campus Employment:
- Any position on campus, 20 hours per week or less (during the fall and spring semester), which is paid by UT Austin
- A position in a store or restaurant on campus where employees provide a direct service to students (ex: Starbucks, Wendy’s, University Co-Op)
Unacceptable Employment for International Students:
- An on campus position which is more than 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semester
- A position on campus which is paid through an employer other than UT where student employees are not providing a direct service to students (ex: work for a construction or IT company doing a job on campus)
- Any off-campus employment
International student advisors can meet with students by appointment to discuss employment options. Best of luck with your employment search!