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WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus will remain closed Thurs., Fri, and Sat., March 5-7.

Residence Halls remain open until noon Saturday. Bemis & Barnes have space for those who need to stay longer. Visit WKU Housing & Residence Life for more information.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for Wednesday night were canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

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What is OPT?

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is one year of full-time work permission in a student's field of study after completion of studies.

The work MUST BE directly related to the field of study on your I-20.

Students can now apply for OPT 90 days prior to or 60 days after their program completion date. We strongly recommend that you apply before your program completion date because filing later will cause delays in processing your OPT card.

Employment on OPT: During OPT, F-1 status is dependent upon employment. If student accrues an aggregate of 90 days of unemployment on standard OPT, the student loses his/her F-1 status.

*ALL students who wish to apply for OPT are required to attend an OPT workshop during their last semester of studies. You will receive emails from ISO with the workshop dates.*

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Note: All students are required to attend an OPT workshop in person to apply for OPT.

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