On-Campus Employment

In general, all F-1 students are eligible for on-campus employment upon obtaining F-1 status. Because the employment is "incident to status," no authorization from the International Students & Programs Office or DHS is required.

Types of On-Campus Employment

In general, on-campus employment may be divided into three types:

  1. Work on the school premises, employed by the I-20 issuing institution (such as work for a UCSD department or college dining hall)
  2. Work on the school premises, employed by on-campus commercial firms (such as work at one of the restaurants in Price Center)
  3. Work done at an off-campus location which is educationally affiliated with the school

Conditions of On-Campus Employment

  1. Must be a current F-1 student, pursuing full course of study
  2. Does not have to be related to course of study
  3. Limited to 20 hours per week (or 50% time) while school is in session; can be full-time during official school breaks

***With questions regarding on campus employment, please e-mail iemployment@ucsd.edu. Please allow for 2-5 business days (not including weekends) for an advisor to review your message and respond.

See our Employment and Career Resources page for a list of employment resources available to our international students.