Optional Practical Training

Students who complete the Global Business Certificate are eligible to apply for a special work-training known as Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is an employment authorization by the U.S. government that provides F-1 students with an opportunity to work in the United States.

With OPT, you're able to remain in the United States and earn money for up to 12 months, gaining valuable experience in a position related to your field of study.

To be eligible, you must: 

  • Be currently in F-1 status
  • Have been enrolled as a full-time student in the Global Business Certificate for three consecutive quarters (nine months) and on track to complete the program by the date the OPT approval begins
  • Be less than 90 days from your completion date for the Global Business Certificate
  • Have not been approved for OPT at an equal or higher education level in the past

You don't need to have a job offer before you apply for OPT. You’re encouraged to apply for OPT as soon as you’re within 90 days of completing your program to avoid any potential delays in the process.

Contact us to learn more.