On-Campus Employment

F-1 and J-1 International Students are allowed up to 20 hours of on-campus employment when class is in session. On-Campus employment is only a benefit for F-1 and J-1 Students, other international Visa holders must seek additional approval for employment [8 CFR 214.2(f)(9)(i)].


Pre-Conditions: Students may need to seek approval before starting any employment on campus. J-1 Exchange Visitors must receive prior approval from ISSS before beginning a position on campus. International students are not eligible for Work-Study positions.

Hours per Week: 20 hours per week while school is in session, and 40 hours per week during scheduled breaks such as summer and winter break.

Duration: Students can only remain employed as long as they are in status as an F-1/J-1 student at CU Denver. Once a student has graduated or falls out of status for another reason, they are no longer eligible to work on-campus.

Location: CU Denver defines an on-campus job as a position that is located on the Auraria Campus, Anschutz Medical Campus, or Denver South Campus that serves the student body or the campus. Positions that do not fit within this position are not eligible for on-campus approval. Employment at the Community College of Denver, or Metro State University on the Auraria campus is NOT considered on campus. Additionally, any position at the CU System Office is not considered on-campus.

If you are interested in finding an on-campus job you may search through Handshake a portal for job searching, and ask departments or on-campus entities if they are hiring.

Once you have been offered the position and accepted, you can seek a social security number (SSN). See our page on how to get a social security number on our Social Security and Tax Info page.

If you already have an on-campus job, you may need to request a social security number.  You’ll need to have the On-Campus Employment Form filled out by you and your employer. Once you have it completed you can:

On-Campus Employment Form

Social Security & Tax Information

International Student & Scholar Services

International Students

CU Denver

Student Commons Building

1201 Larimer Street

Suite 1119

Denver, CO 80204

International Scholars

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Suite 932

Denver, CO 80204

International Students & Scholars

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Ground Floor: STE. EG305, EG305A, and EG306

Aurora, CO 80045

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