Employment Overview

The United States has very strict rules regarding the ability of foreign nationals to work in the U.S. International students in valid F-1 status may work on-campus at the school which they are authorized to attend for up to 20 hours per week during the academic year, and full-time during vacation and holiday breaks. Students in valid F-1 status cannot be employed off-campus without obtaining prior written authorization.  Working off-campus without the appropriate authorization is considered illegal employment according to federal immigration law and is a potentially deportable offense.

Welcome to SF State Exchange Programs


The Office of International Programs at SF State is proud to accept incoming exchange students from 100+ partner institutions around the world.  If you are not from one of our exchange partner institutions, but are still interested in coming to SF State, you may apply as an international matriculated student.  To apply, visit the Future Students information page.

Orientation is mandatory. Plan to go to orientation one week before school starts.

We provide frequent updates for all prospective and current J-1 exchange students at SF State. Please review the information on this website before contacting us: http://oip.sfsu.edu/newlyacceptedstudents