Post-Grad Employment for F-1 Students/Alumni (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) gives F-1 international students the ability to work for a year or more after graduation in a job or internship related to their major. OPT lets SCU's international alumni take their education to the next level by gaining practical training and experience in their field.
Fall Grads Apply Now!
The OPT Application period for Fall 2016 grads starts on September 14th.
Attend an OPT Workshop to learn how to apply.
"Some days, I feel like maybe I’ll stay here in Silicon Valley or at least California, maybe go a little bit down south, you know, get a bit more sun and do that for the rest of my life. But, other days, I think about maybe going back to Sweden, or Europe. Maybe moving to another country. It’s a very hard decision. But I think at least the first few years, I’ll stick around and work. The first ten years will probably be around work and around my career."
"I’m planning to work here, hopefully for one of the tech companies in Silicon Valley. It’s cool that Santa Clara is in the middle of the whole Silicon Valley tech scene so I think I’ll stay here for a while."