Employment and Academic Traning Information

Employment and academic training during or after the completion of your program is a privilege, not a right.

Students interested in either are required to prove both academic excellence and dedication to the internationalization of SF State before they submit their request.

Employment

Economic Hardship
Academic Traning

Employment

On-Campus Employment

J-1 students may be employed part-time (20 hours per week or less) on the campus of the school the student is authorized to attend with the permission of the Exchange Student Advisors.

The student must be in good academic standing and engage in a full course of study. During official breaks and the students annual vacation, full-time employment is permitted. The RO/ARO has to approve the specific employment in advance and in writing. The approval may be valid up to 12 months but is automatically withdrawn if the students program is terminated.

Off-Campus Employment

All off-campus employment must be authorized in advance and in accordance with specific procedures outlined in the federal regulations. Do not work off-campus without prior permission.

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Economic Hardship

Students may receive authorization for off-campus employment when necessary due to serious, urgent, and unforeseen economic circumstances that have arisen since acquiring exchange visitor status.

Eligibility

  • Students must submit a detailed description of the circumstances resulting in the need for employment, including the seriousness of the situation, when it occurred and how it was unforeseen to the Exchange Student Advisors .
  • Students must also submit a detailed budget of their current income and expenses.

This type of employment authorization must be granted in writing by the Exchange Student Advisors before employment begins.

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Academic Traning

Academic training authorization permits a J-1 student to be employed temporarily at a job directly related to his or her major field of study. To be authorized to engage in academic training employment, a J-1 exchange student must have received written approval in advance from the SF State Exchange Students Advisors for the duration and type of academic training.

Students will then need to submit a series of traning documents proving that they have found legitimate traning.

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