Student Employment Services and Co-Op Center
ESL students are welcome to visit the College's Student Employment Services and Co-Op Center services. Drop in any time!
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An F-1 student may seek employment only after obtaining approval. Students generally are not permitted to be employed without special authorization from either the Department of Homeland Security or the Office of International Student Services. If you have questions, please visit Enrollment Central, 3500 Founders Hall, on the Marple campus, or call 610-359-7322.
The primary purpose of an F-1 visa is to be a student. Work must not interfere with that objective and is therefore limited.
Regulations divide employment of F-1 students into four categories:
- On-campus employment
- Off-campus part-time employment (e.g. Severe Economic Hardship, pre-graduation Optional Practical Training, etc.)
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT, or Co-Op)
- Post-graduation full-time Optional Practical Training (OPT)
More information about F-1 student employment is provided at the International Student Orientation, held at the beginning of every semester.