There are two major categories of employment students can have while they are studying at URI: on campus and off-campus.
On Campus Employment:
F-1/J-1 students can work on campus for 20 hours a week when the university of in session and 40 hours during vacation or semester break periods.
Students are allowed to engage in work, training or experience that is directly related to their field of study. Employment may be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, before or after completing the course of study. It includes Curricular Practical Training/CPT, Optional Practical Training/OPT, and Academic Training/AT.
Definition of Curricular Practical Training (F-1 only):
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an integral part of an established curriculum. It allows a lawful F-1 student to engage in “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education or any other type of required internship or practicum experience in their field of study.” A student may choose to receive wages or academic credit for this experience.
Definition of Optional Practical Training (F-1 Only):
Optional Practical Training (OPT), allows F-1 students to gain a maximum of 12 months of practical experience directly related to their field of study. It is off-campus employment. Students require permission from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly known as INS).
Definition of Economic Hardship (F-1 Only):
Only students whose financial situation has changed unexpectedly and/or beyond their control may apply for Economic Hardship.
Definition of Academic Training (J-1 Only):
Academic training (AT) allows a J-1 student to engage in employment or a URI internship or co-op experience during or after a student’s exchange program ends. The employment must be directly related to the field studied.