Most ESL Program students enter the United States on F-1 student visas. In addition to permitting study in the U.S., an F-1 visa permits on-campus employment while you are a student:
- Student visa holders may work on-campus jobs up to a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session.
- Student visa holders may work an unlimited number of hours on campus during official university breaks.
The ESL Program encourages students to work for a variety of reasons:
- Work is likely to provide opportunities to interact with and befriend native English speakers.
- You may gain new skills and work experience.
- You may earn "pocket money."
- ESL Program students who hold student visas may not work off campus under any circumstances.
- Campus employers may have minimum English proficiency requirements for student workers.
- Campus employers may require a minimum work commitment of 6 months.