Working in the USA – USAELC

Working in the USA

How An International Student Can Work In The US

Certificate and Degree Program Students at SDUIS

Curricular Practical Training

What is CPT?

  • CPT is employment that is required for your major or is for internship course credit. Examples: internships, cooperative education, and practica.
    Am I eligible for CPT?
  • Students must have maintained F-1 status for one academic year.

Optional Practical Training

What is OPT?

  • OPT provides international students with work experience in their major field of study for a maximum of 12 months. It can be done full-time after completion of studies.

Am I eligible for OPT?

    Students must have maintained F-1 status for one full academic year.

How can an USA ELC student at SDUIS apply for a certificate or Degree Program?

1 Year Certificate Programs

  • Fill out Application at SDUIS Office
  • Classes begin every 6 weeks

Degree Programs

  • Fill out Application at SDUIS Office
  • Classes begin every 6 weeks
  • Sign up for TOEFL test at SDUIS (available once a month)

F-1 Employment

F-1 visa holders may be entitled to work authorization. Enrolled F-1 students, as well as recently graduated foreign students, may be eligible to engage in “practical training” in the field in which they studied. There are two types of Practical Training: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status who have completed or have been pursuing their degrees for more than nine months are permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work for at most one year on a student visa. F-1 students are permitted a total of 12 months towards practical training, once certified by the SDUIS advisor as to the usefulness of the work towards goals of the degree, which can be distributed between Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and OPT.


SDUIS Non-Degree Certificate, Undergraduate And Graduate Programs

  • Certificate in Accounting
  • Certificate in Advertising
  • Certificate in Communication
  • Certificate in Executive Leadership Coaching
  • Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Certificate in Family Leadership Coaching
  • Certificate in Fashion Design
  • Certificate in Graphic Design
  • Certificate in Hospitality Management
  • Certificate in Information Technology Systems
  • Certificate in International Business Administration
  • Certificate in Marketing
  • Certificate in Mobile Applications Development
  • Certificate in Sport Coaching
  • Certificate in Sport Communication
  • Certificate in Sport Management
  • Certificate in Sport Psychology
  • Certificate in Web Design
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies
  • Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Sport Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Accounting
  • Master of Arts in Information Technology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration with specialization in Hospitality Management
  • Master of Business Administration with specialization in Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration with specialization in Sport Coaching
  • Master of Business Administration with specialization in Sport Management
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Doctor of Business Administration


Classes are held on:
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-5:20 pm Weeknights from  1:35pm-5:45pm or 5:50pm-10:00pm.

*Each class meets for 6 Saturdays or 12 evenings.
To maintain I-20 status, international students are required to enroll in at least 3 courses a quarter, one of which may be online.


  • BA Business: $390 per month
  • MBA: $400 per month

Students have the following payment options: Quarterly-Payment-in-full, Pay-as-you-go, or Student Loans.


Additional Fees
Application fee: $75
Registration fee: $175
Writing Skills Assessment fee: $50
Comprehensive Exam fee: $150
Petition to Graduate fee: $300