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International Student Employment

Can you work?


Where can you work?

  • On-campus only.
  • No more than 20 hours a week while school is in session.
  • During school breaks such as between Fall and Spring semesters students can work 40 hours a week.

If you work, you will have to pay taxes. Taxes will be automatically taken out of your checks: Federal Tax, Michigan Tax and Big Rapids Tax.

There are four types of employment:

  • On-campus Employment
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Severe Economic Hardship

Do not accept unauthorized employment. Although the money may be enticing, students who accept unauthorized employment can be deported.