International students on the F-1 visa, who are enrolled for full course load and maintaining their F-1 student status, may work part-time on campus while classes are in session. "Part-time" means no more than 20 hours per week. International students may work more than 20 hours/week during school breaks or vacation, as long as they are enrolled for full-time course load for the following semester.
F-1 students do not need immigration authorization to work on-campus, but must first verify their eligibility through the Office of International Programs.
Students should submit the On-Campus Employment request to the Office of International Programs for each new on-campus job, and also if they are beginning a new program at UT and have a new "Change of Education Level" I-20 from UT.
Finding On-Campus Employment
- To find on-campus employment, visit Workday.
- You can also click here for the Career Services Office On-Campus Job Search Tips and Job Search Toolbox.
- Receive offer for on-campus employment position. Once you are hired, your supervisor will complete all required forms for on-campus employment and begin the on-boarding process in Workday, according to UT policies.
- Complete and submit the online "On-Campus Employment" request to the International Programs Office.
- New students - make sure you have also submitted the online New Student Online Immigration Check-In and completed the Immigration check-in process.
- The International Programs Office will verify if the student is eligible for on-campus employment and will notify the Student Employment Coordinator in the Human Resources (HR) office.
- The HR Student Employment Coordinator will verify the job offer and provide the student with the employment letter to request a Social Security Number (SSN)
- Bring this employment letter to your International Student Advisor to sign (Plant Hall room 300).
- Your International Student Advisor will also give you instructions to apply for the SSN.
Graduate Assistantships (GAs) and Resident Assistants (RAs) are considered "on-campus employment" and therefore are also limited to 20 hours per week. During vacation periods and academic breaks, you may work more than 20 hours/week on-campus, if you are returning to classes the following term.
What is "On-Campus"?
International students can only work for University offices and must be paid through UT’s Payroll Office.
The following on-campus positions are not paid through UT and are NOT considered on-campus employment:
- Sodexo (dining and catering services)
- UT Bookstore (Barnes & Noble)
- Employment with any on-site commercial firm or business that does not provide direct UT student services. For example, a construction company building a school building
Can I Work for Federal Work/Study jobs?
No, international students are not eligible for Federal Work Study jobs since they are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Can I Work On Campus After Graduating?
Students may not work on-campus after completing your course of study. If you are continuing for another educational program at UT, consult your International Student Advisor.