News Calendar About Statistics FAQs Contact Links
 International Students & Scholars Office
 Students Scholars Administrators
Prospective Students
Current Students
  General Information
  F-1 Students
    Maintain Status
    Social Security Card
    Visa Renewal
  J-1 Students
  Address Change

On-Campus Employment

F-1 students may be employed at most on-campus jobs.  On-campus employment may not exceed 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters.  However, full-time (more than 20 hours per week) on-campus employment is allowed during the summer vacation break between semesters of study, and when classes are not in session during winter intersession and spring recess.  If summer is a student's first or final semester, only part-time employment (20 hours per week or less) is permitted.

Important Note: F-1 students who withdraw from classes, or who have otherwise failed to maintain status, must discontinue on-campus employment immediately.

Procedures for On-Campus Employment Permission

Please follow the procedures at the link above before starting a job on-campus.  Failure to follow proper procedures could cause you unnecessary delays in receiving a paycheck.

Social Security Number
You will also need a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) in order to receive a paycheck.  Click here for further information on applying for a Social Security Number.

Questions About Taxes and Your Boston University Paycheck
Please contact Student Payroll if you have questions about taxes or any questions about your Boston University paycheck.

Employment After Completion of Academic Program
F-1 students who have completed their academic program are no longer eligible to work on-campus, unless they have been issued an I-20 and are registered to begin a new program in the next semester of study at Boston University.  Otherwise, they must be authorized for Optional Practical Training and may only engage in employment that is related to their field of study.


Boston University
January 26, 2010

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office