This page contains information regarding the opportunities and regulations for employment while studying at Ohio University. The information presented is divided into two groups:
1) F-1 Employment
2) J-1 Employment
Additional employment opportunities may exist for you through
Practical Training (F-1) or Academic Training (J-1). Information can be found in the Immigration section of this website.
On Campus Opportunities
Students in the U.S. on an F-1 visa are expected to have sufficient financial resources so that they will not have to work. You may take a part-time job (less than 20 hours a week ) on campus as long as it does not interfere with your status as a full-time student. You may also work full-time during breaks and vacation quarters.
Those on a F-2 (spouse or child) visa cannot work or receive a graduate assistantship under any circumstances.
Students on J-1 visas are permitted to work as Teaching, Research or Graduate Assistants without obtaining further permission. However, if a Financial Sponsor expects to pay for tuition, fees and expenses, the sponsor must be consulted before accepting an Assistantship.
Most J-1 students can work on campus up to twenty hours a week without permission so long as the work does not interfere with regular enrollment or delay completion of the educational objective. Those students who are financially sponsored by agencies outside of Ohio University must first have the permission of their Financial Sponsor before they can work on campus.
If you questions have questions about J-2 dependent work permission please schedule an appointment to speak with an advisor.
J-1 students can engage in Academic Training as they near completion of their educational objectives. Academic Training means work, either volunteer or for payment, that enables you to gain practical experience that is related to your academic program. For more information on this option schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor. Walk-in appointments are available every week day from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.