International University in Tampa

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? Schiller International University 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