Many UI students hold on-campus jobs, and work opportunities are nearly always available. Most jobs pay about $7.25 per hour.

International Student Eligibility

In very general terms, students in F-1 and J-1 status are permitted to work on campus 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semester and 40 hours per week during school breaks when classes are not in session. Students in J-1 status must first receive written permission from the Responsible Officer for their J-program to work on campus.

Off-campus employment is not permitted during your first academic year and allowed only under limited circumstances after the first year. It is not safe to assume that you will be able to find off-campus employment.

Although it is possible to earn enough money at an on-campus job to pay for housing and food if you live frugally, it is not possible to earn enough to pay for tuition, or to cover a family’s living expenses.

Where to Find Jobs

The UI Office of Student Financial Aid hosts an annual Student Job Fair and a frequently updated online list of employment opportunities on- and off-campus (JobNet).

Paying Taxes

You may be taxed for income earned in the United States. Money is deducted each pay period from most employees' paychecks for federal and state income taxes. The amount of the deduction varies widely.