International students are an integral part of the College of Coastal Georgia. Those students who hold an F-1 visa are eligible for on-campus employment. For off-campus employment, F-1 visa students have a few options, Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week during the academic year, and limited to full-time during summer. A social security number is required to complete the necessary Human Resources paperwork before starting any employment on campus.


In general, F-1 students must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) for two fall or spring semesters before becoming eligible for off-campus employment. The two types of off-campus employment are:

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Employment that is off campus and directly related to the degree program; e.g. practicum, internships etc. The type of employment where you will be paid for working off campus and tied to a required class for academic credit toward degree completion. You can learn more about CPT here:

CPT Checklist
CPT Verification Form

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Employment that takes place after you graduate. It is for one year not to exceed 14 months after graduation and has fees associated with it. You can learn more by reviewing the links below:

OPT Checklist
OPT Recommendation Form

After reviewing this information, you may send any questions to Connie Toler in the International Education Office by phoning 912-279-5735 or ctoler@ccga.edu

NOTE: Do not mail these forms to USCIS or any applications prior to meeting with the International Education Office.

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