International Center

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is for undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status who have completed or who have been pursuing their degrees and are permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work for, at most, 12 months or up to an additional 24 months with an extension on a student visa for practical training in their field of study.

All students must complete the tutorial and certificate through Blackboard before the International Center will accept your OPT application.

For more information regarding OPT and to begin the application process, please review the International Center OPT Tutorial in Blackboard.

OPT I-20 Application Process

  1. Review the International Center OPT Tutorial on Blackboard. To access and self-enroll in the course, please use the instructions found here.
  2. Complete the OPT Tutorial quiz and print out your certificate of completion.
  3. Complete the OPT form with your academic adviser authorization and submit to the International Center with the certificate of completion from the OPT Tutorial.
  4. Pay the $100 OPT administrative fee, and submit a copy of payment receipt to the International Center with your application. The OPT fee can be paid online.

OPT Application Form

OPT Workshops—Spring 2022 Schedule

In an effort to curb the spread of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all Optional Practical Training workshops—for now—will take place online via Blackboard Connect. The information for each workshop is below. All workshops will be done virtually, but a recording will be provided later on this page.