International students in F-1 status have off-campus employment options available to them, provided they are maintaining lawful student status and are doing well academically. Curricular Practical Training: employment prior to completion of studies which is either required as part of your curriculum or for which you will receive academic credit. Optional Practical Training: employment after completion of your academic program, which is related to your field of study and commensurate with your educational level. Employment Due to Severe Economic Hardship: students who are experiencing a severe, unforeseen economic hardship may be eligible for this type of employment. For more information, contact OISS.