Current Students/International Student Services

    Practical Training Workshops

    Would you like to gain practical work experience related to your field here in the U.S. after you complete your degree?

    Will you complete your degree required coursework this semester?

    Attend a Workshop to learn more about Optional Practical Training (OPT)!

    Eligibility for Standard OPT:

    OPT is an employment benefit for students in lawful F-1 status who are finishing their degree required coursework and have been maintaining full-time student status for at least one academic year.

    OPT Allows you to:

    Work off-campus in a job related to your degree field anywhere in the U.S. for up to 12 months!

    Questions? Stop by the CIE (BH 201) or give us a call at (562) 985-4106.


    The last day to submit your OPT application to CIE for FALL 2013 grads is February 14, 2014.

    The last day to submit your OPT application to CIE for WINTER 2014 grads is March 7, 2014.


    Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application Packet