On Campus Employment

On-campus employment is employment engaged in at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), such as a teaching or research assistantship, employment at the University Center, library aide, and so forth. Typically, this means that you will be receiving a paycheck from UCSC.

Do I Need a Work Permit?

F-1 students do not need written authorization from ISSS or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work on-campus, as long as you are in valid F-1 student status and pursuing a full course of study. No special permission is needed unless you have already graduated.

J-1 students must have written authorization from their J-1 program sponsor for any on-campus employment before beginning work. If your DS-2019 was issued by UCSC, you must complete the on-campus employment authorization form with your employer. If your DS-2019 was issued by another sponsor (e.g. Fulbright or CAPES), please check in with that agency about the authorization procedure for on-campus employment.  

How Many Hours Can I Work?

F-1 and J-1 international students are eligible to work on-campus up to 20 hours/week during the academic year and full-time during vacation or break periods. Once you complete your studies, you are no longer eligible to be employed on-campus without special additional authorization, i.e. Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training (AT).

Can I Have Multiple Jobs On-Campus?

Absolutely. However, you cannot work more than 20 hours in any given week when school is in session, across all your jobs on-campus. For example, if you are employed 15 hours/week as a Teaching Assistant, you can only 5 more hours per week in any other on-campus job.

What If I'm Not Sure My Job is "On-Campus"?

If you have been offered a job and are not sure it is on-campus or not, or whether it qualifies as employment, please come speak with an ISSS advisor during walk-in hours.