Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Study in the US, and have the opportunity to start your professional career there!
Do you want to be a truly smart global professional? The Global American University, Schiller is your place.
Learn-by-living in 4 international Campuses and the opportunity to start your professional career in the US.
Stand out from the rest, establish a global mindset and start your career in one of the most powerful economies in the world!
Interested in Working in the US?
OPT (Optional Practical Training) is a benefit available to those Schiller international Students (F-1) that study and finish their last year of degree at our Tampa Campus. This benefit provides them with the opportunity to legally stay working in the US for a period up to 24 months*.
This unique practical training program allows you to gain valuable hands-on experience and start contributing to your education and global mindset in a country full of prospects like the USA right away. A real experience through which to develop your skills and build relationships with potential employers while determining your future.
* For those who qualify.
How does it work?
All OPT must be directly related to your major area of study. If you are a Schiller International Student (F-1), you may be eligible to participate in OPT in two different ways:
- Pre-Completion - Opt-in program while studying, and get the advantage of having the chance to work while you are finishing your studies.
- Post-Completion - Opt after graduation to work in your major field of study after the completion of your degree program.
For more information, including how to apply, visit https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/students-and-exchange-visitors/optional-practical-training-opt-for-f-1-students