For F or J visa holders, what are you required to do during your stay at Duquesne University?
You are required to maintain your status: This means that you must carry at least 12 credits if you are an undergraduate student, 9 credits as a graduate student and at least 4 English as a Second Language courses if you are a student in the program.
Maintaining status includes reporting all changes to the Office of International Programs including: Address changes, program changes, lengths of program changes and completion dates if programs. Students traveling outside of the country should bring their documents to the OIP for signatures on their I-20 or DS-2019 to ensure easy entry back into the country.
If, for some reason, you will not be able to maintain your full-time status, you must contact the Office of International Programs for their guidance.
What types of employment opportunities are there for international students?
On-Campus Employment – If you are in F-1 or J-1 student status, you are permitted to work on our campus up to 20 hours per week while school is in session or 40 hours during vacations and breaks.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)– Intership opportunities open to F-1 students. The internship must be a required part of an academic program and approved the the OIP and your academic department to be authorized.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) – Open to F-1 students who have completed their academic program. OPT allows you to work in your field of study for 12 months following graduation.
Academic Training – Open to J-1 students. The period of employment that is related to your field of study that can coincide with your program and/or come at the end of your program.
What is a Social Security Number and how can I get one?
Anyone who has obtained employment must obtain a Social Security Number: A nine-digit number that is issued by the U.S. government to its citizens and residents upon application used to track employment and taxes. Anyone who has secured employment must obtain a social security number.
Consult the Office of International Program for details on obtaining a Social Security Number.