On Campus Employment

On-campus employment takes place on the school’s premises, and the paycheck is issued by The University of Texas at Austin. If you are applying for a job on campus and you learn that an entity other than The University of Texas at Austin is going to pay you, please check with an Immigration Advisor before accepting the job. Additionally, please note that the University of Texas System at large is not considered a University of Texas at Austin employer.

All students must maintain a full course of study and have valid documentation in order to work on campus.

Note: Working off campus is not permitted without specific permission from the International Office or from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.

F-1 Students

You may work up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Full-time employment (21+ hours per week) is allowed only during vacation periods for enrolled and continuing students. No special permission is necessary, however, a valid I-20 issued by The University of Texas at Austin is required. If you will graduate, then you are only eligible to work on campus until the graduation date of your final semester.

J-1 Students

You may work up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Full-time employment (21+ hours per week) is allowed only during vacation periods for enrolled and continuing students.

If your DS-2019 is issued by another agency then there must be written authorization from the program sponsor allowing you to work on the UT campus.

J-1 Employment Authorization

If you are a J-1 student with on-campus employment, you must be authorized to begin work prior to your start date and anytime there is a change.

Before You Look For a Job

Consider the following before you begin your job search:

  • International students should seek jobs that are for only 20 hours/week fewer during the long semesters
  • Remember that paychecks should be issued specifically by The University of Texas at Austin. If in doubt, ask the department's HR representative.
  • International students are not eligible for the federal work/study program.
  • Not all jobs on Hire a Longhorn are considered on-campus employment. If in doubt, contact the International Office.

If you have a question about whether or not a particular job is considered on-campus employment, contact the International Office at hotline@austin.utexas.edu.

Finding a Job

Jobs Not Considered On-Campus Employment

The following employers would not be considered on-campus employment. International students who wish to work for any of these employers would require off-campus work authorization prior to beginning work. Please note that the list below is not exhaustive. When in doubt, contact the International Office for assistance.

  • The Carillon at the AT&T Center
  • UTalk and Ruffalo Cody call center (usually affiliated with Texas Exes)
  • Construction companies doing work on the UT campus
  • Starbucks on 24th Street
  • Ride Austin, Uber, Lyft, and other ride-share companies
  • Tutoring on-line and private tutoring (not specifically paid by UT)
  • University of Texas System
  • For compensated research participation, check the source of payment even if it is cash or a gift card
  • Freelance or contract work (example: code writing or free-lance journalism)

Employment Verification Letter

Your supervisor must complete an employment verification letter for use as evidence of on-campus employment when applying for a Social Security Number.

Electronic Funds Transfer

You should arrange for an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) if you work on campus or receive scholarship payment. Before you can establish EFT, you need to open an account at a local bank.