On-campus Employment Locations

On-campus employment is a benefit available to F-1 and J-1 students who are lawfully maintaining their F-1 or J-1 visa status. Learn more about F-1 employment and J-1 employment (J-1 students require written permission from their DS-2019 sponsor before on-campus employment can begin).

On-campus employment is defined by federal regulations as:

  • On the school premises (University of Wisconsin-Madison campus)
    • Work that takes place at your school location could be for an on-campus commercial business, like a bookstore or cafeteria, as long as the work directly provides services for students.
    • Employment located on-campus that does not directly involve services to students (such as construction work) does not qualify as on-campus employment.
  • Educationally affiliated off-campus location
    • Work with an employer that is contractually affiliated with the school is on-campus employment even if the work site is not located on the campus (such as a research lab affiliated with your school).
  • On-campus employment must not displace a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR).

On-campus employment during the fall and spring semester is limited to 20 hours per week, no exceptions. F-1 and J-1 students may work more than 20 hours per week during authorized vacation periods:

  • Winter break – Winter 2023/2024 dates: Sunday, December 17, 2023 – Saturday, January 20, 2024
  • Spring break – Spring 2024 dates: Sunday, March 24 – Saturday, March 30
  • Summer break (if you have an I-20 or DS-2019 start or end date for summer, you are limited to 20 hours per week) – Summer 2023 dates: Sunday, May 7 – Saturday, September 2

On-campus locations and locations that are educationally affiliated with the university are listed in the drop-down menu that follows.

If your job offer is from a different location than those listed below, contact ISS for guidance. You must have approval from ISS before you begin any off-campus employment.

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On-campus job locations

  • On-campus employment includes work in student unions, libraries, recreational centers, and in academic and administrative departments on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
  • Administrative Transformation Project: 700 Regent Street only
  • Aquatic Sciences Center
  • Campus Event Services for UW events at on-campus locations
    • Ex.: The Kohl Center, Camp Randall, etc.
  • Contemporary Services Corporation (Only on-campus locations)
    • Doing security events at the Kohl Center or Camp Randall
  • Enrollment Management
  • Facilities Planning and Management
  • Hillel Center
  • Lowell Center
  • Private residence hall: Zoe Bayliss
  • State Cartographer’s Office
  • The University Hospital and Clinics: 600 Highland Avenue only
  • The Daily Cardinal
  • The Fluno Center
  • The Kohl Center
  • The Pyle Center
  • The Lowell Center
  • The JF Fredrick Center
  • University Housing and Apartments
  • UW Credit Union: Union South location only
  • USDA Dairy Forage Research Center: UW-Madison campus location with CALS only
  • UW Bookstore: State Street location only
  • Waisman Center
  • Wisconsin Alumni Association
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
  • Wisconsin Idea Internship Program (hosted by Division of Extension)
  • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
  • Wisconsin Public Radio

Locations that require authorization

This list is not exhaustive.

  • All businesses on State Street
  • Private residence halls as listed below:
    • The Highlander, The Langdon, Princeton House, The Regent, The Statesider, The Towers, and Brittingham House
  • City of Madison
  • Fresh Market
  • Madison Metro
  • Madison VA Hospital
  • Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Other University of Wisconsin campuses
    • Ex.: UW-Whitewater, UW-Oshkosh, etc.
  • The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
  • UW Clinics: all locations other than 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI
  • UW Credit Union: all locations other than Union South



On-campus employment is a benefit for F-1 students who are maintaining their F-1 student visa status. On-campus employment is defined as employment on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus that provides services to students on campus, or employment at an off-campus location that is educationally affiliated with the university.

During Fall/Spring:

  • 20 hours per week, all positions combined
    • Spring semester restriction begins January 22, 2023
    • Fall semester restrictions begin on September 3, 2023

During authorized vacation periods (spring, summer, winter breaks):

  • Over 20 hours per week is possible; no cap imposed by immigration regulations
    • Winter 2023/2024 dates: Sunday, December 17, 2023 – Saturday, January 20, 2024
    • Spring 2024 dates: Sunday, March 24 – Saturday, March 30
    • Summer 2023 dates: Sunday, May 7 – Saturday, September 2
      • If you have an I-20 or DS-2019 program start date or program end date for summer, you are limited to 20 hours per week.
  • UW may limit to no more than 29 hours per week (this is institutional policy for student hourly positions; consult with your payroll specialist to confirm)
  • Must have been enrolled full-time before vacation period
  • Must intend to enroll full-time after vacation period

Looking for an on-campus job? Search the Student Job Center, Just ISSued, GradConnections Weekly, and department websites for postings!


You may be able to work off-campus under certain conditions, but you must have an approved authorization before you start. To be eligible to apply, you must be in valid F-1 status and have been enrolled full-time for at least two regular semesters (1 academic year). Four types of off-campus employment exist under F-1 immigration regulations. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) are the most common types. You should plan out your applications for off-campus employment authorization well in advance; approval is contingent on meeting the eligibility requirements.

F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)

F-1 OPT STEM Extension

Severe Economic Hardship

Career Preparation Resources

Students are encouraged to review this Career Timeline for F-1 International Students which provides ideas for steps to take during each year of their college education to be ready for internships and job opportunities.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides information about Working in the United States for F-1 students.