International Student Employment


On-Campus Employment

On-campus employment is defined as employment which occurs on the ECU campus. Positions include teaching assistantships (TA), graduate assistantships (GA), and student hourly employment. Note: international students are NOT eligible for Federal work study jobs.

F-1 students are eligible to work on-campus a maximum of 20 hours per week when school is in session during the Fall and Spring academic semesters. During breaks and official vacation periods F-1 student are eligible to work more than 20 hours a week on campus. A student who has a valid I-20 and intends to enroll for next regular term may work on-campus incidents to status. No special work permit is needed.

J-1 students are similarly eligible to work on-campus a maximum of 20 hours per week as part of an Academic Training program.

On-campus jobs of ECU can be located at the Hire a Pirate website.

Off Campus Employment

F-1 international students are eligible to work off campus as part of Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT)┬áprovided that the work is directly related to the student’s major and/or is an integral part of the degree program.

Similarly J-1 international students are eligible to work off campus as part of Academic Training provided that the employment is related to the students’ major field of study.