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On Campus Employment
Western Kentucky University international students who are in the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa have the option to work at on-campus jobs. Work permission for those on an F-1 Visa is limited to only on-campus jobs for at least the first year of studies. When school is in session, you can only work a maximum of 20 hours each week. During winter or summer break, you will be allowed to work a maximum of 40 hours each week at your on-campus job (if not enrolled in a course during the break). Once you have found a job, it is important to remember that you cannot start working until you are registered for classes.
Student can legally enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the start of the semester. Some of our previous students recommend arriving around this time, even though it is weeks before the check-in and orientation, in order to give yourself time to find on-campus employment. If you do find a job before orientation, it is important to remember that you cannot begin working until you are registered for classes. However, there is no guarantee that you will find work by arriving so early.
ISSS has a list of the major on-campus employeers and will provide an employment session during orientation week for more information.