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Please sign up for the course before registration end date. All end dates are final due to migrations of cohorts into the courses.

This new four-week, self-guided e-Learning course will take participants beyond the basics to improve advising strategies for F-1 students seeking employment and training benefits. Through a series of employment and training scenarios, participants will dive into the gray areas where answers require in-depth understanding of regulations and agency guidance, clear institutional policy, and an individualized advising approach that considers all the options.

Special bonus: Participants will receive access to the NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 for the duration of the course.

Who Should Register?

This is an intermediate-level course. In order to successfully apply the complex skills that are covered, participants must have some prior advising experience or formal training. The content builds on the foundational competence that is gained from completing the “F-1 Advising: Getting Started” e-Learning course, the “F-1 Beginners” Core Education Program Workshop, or formal on-the-job training.

Course Objectives

  • Consider institutional interpretations and application of employment regulations.
  • Advise students about eligibility and long-term impact of different employment options.
  • Perform administrative tasks to support students to engage in authorized practical training and employment.
  • Stay informed of agency guidance impacting the application of employment regulations.
Module 1: General Advising on Employment
  • Advise students about employment over the term of their education and beyond.
  • Consider institutional interpretations and application of employment regulations.
  • Discuss gray areas when advising on-campus employment.
  • Weigh factors in cases of economic hardship.
Module 2: CPT and Pre-completion OPT
  • Consider regulatory and functional definitions of curricular practical training (CPT).
  • Advise students about CPT and pre-completion OPT.
  • Compare institutional interpretations and application of CPT employment.
Module 3: Post-Completion OPT and OPT Extensions
  • Advise students about post-completion OPT eligibility and perform administrative tasks.
  • Identify OPT red flags and issues.
  • Consider qualifications for OPT extensions, including STEM and cap-gap extensions.