What is STEM Extension OPT?

The STEM extension is a 24-month extension to Post-Completion OPT. F-1 students who graduated with a major in certain science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields and are on post-completion OPT may apply for the STEM extension if they meet all the eligibility requirements.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an F-1 status benefit designed to support academic programs that require practical experience for credit and degree completion.

Obvious examples are programs in nursing or teaching, which require a practicum placement for the completion of a particular course and/or the degree. Amherst College does not confer academic credit for internships, and is thus unable to authorize CPT in most circumstances.

The criteria for an internship to qualify as CPT include:

Off-Campus Employment

Interested in off-campus work options? Please remember that any type of off-campus work as an F-1 or J-1 international student requires prior government authorization.

Learn more about the different types of off-campus work authorization by exploring these pages. When in doubt, consult with the Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) by visiting us during advising hours or emailing us

Employment & Taxes

As an international student, it's essential to stay informed about your employment-related options and regulations as well as your tax filing obligations.

Have questions about employment or taxes as an F-1 or J-1 international student? Check out these pages for everything you need to know about your requirements and options.

Have a question that we didn't cover here? Feel free to visit us during advising hours or email us!