Employment of International Students at UK (ON-CAMPUS)
International Students may work on campus provided they are maintaining F-1 status and do not work more than a total of 20 hours per week while school is in session. This includes any work undertaken in connection with a scholarship, fellowship or assistantship. Students may be employed full time during summer and other vacation periods if eligible and intend to register for the subsequent academic term. Enrollment in Summer Sessions I or II does not prohibit full-time on campus work.
Students with full graduate assistantships should contact the Graduate School and their departments regarding policies related to their employment.
Jobs that Qualify as "On-Campus Employment"
On-campus employment includes work done as a teaching or research assistant as well as jobs in the school library, cafeteria, and administrative offices. On-campus also includes employment with "... on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as the school bookstore or cafeteria." Exception: On-campus employment does not include employment on the school's premises for a commercial firm that is not providing on-campus services for student; for example, at a construction site for a new school building.
Work Off Campus that Qualifies as On-Campus Employment
Immigration regulations allows international students to work at an off-campus location provided:
· the location is educationally affiliated with UK,
· the educational affiliation is associated with UK's established curriculum or is related to a graduate level research project which UK has contracted to perform and,
· the work is an integral or important part of the student’s program of study. For example, if the field of study is agriculture and UK has an off-campus research facility, students may work there and that employment will be defined as "on-campus". Learn about other types of employment here.
Students wishing to work off-campus as part of an internship program or to apply for Optional Practical Training should contact ISSS or refer to the website for more information. This requires prior approval by a student advisor in ISSS.
Common Visa Types for International Students
Most full-time degree-seeking international students at UK are eligible to apply for the F-1 visa and the majority of international students hold this visa status. Some students may also be eligible for the J-1 student visa, part of the exchange visitor program through the U.S. Department of State. This group of students may sometimes choose between an F-1 or J-1, or be required to have this status based on their funding requirements or government sponsor. The differences are outlined here.
UK Counseling Center
The University of Kentucky Counseling Center tailors its services for international students. Counselors are aware of the many ways that being from another culture can impact a student’s experience at UK, and are available to help students with both academic and personal problems.
K Week International Orientation
International Student and Scholar Services provides new and returning students with a weeklong orientation that includes a number of events, including a check-in session, shopping trip, an ice cream social, the IHP and Rotary Club Picnic, The Late Night Film Series and many others.
Opportunities for international students to practice spoken English
Cultural Coffee Hour and the International Conversation Hour are on campus events that take place weekly and serve as a way for American and international students to interact outside of the classroom. Both events serve to provide students with conversation from an international perspective and are a great opportunity for international students to improve their spoken English.
The Cultural Coffee Hour is hosted by the VIP Center and International Student and Scholar Services. Cultural Coffee Hour takes place every Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Frazee Hall Basement. If you enjoy coffee and snacks or just enjoy good conversation from a multicultural perspective then the Cultural Coffee Hour is for you.
The International Conversation Hour (ICH) is hosted by the UK Writing Center. ICH provides a weekly informal gathering where students, faculty, and staff can relax and converse together. ICH takes place Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. in the Hub of the William T. Young Library.
Cross Cultural Workshop
The Cross Cultural Workshop is a day-long retreat sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services. The retreat is for international and domestic students and works to provide interaction and education across cultural boundaries.
International Hospitality Program
The International Student Hospitality Program (IHP) provides cross-cultural learning between American families and international students outside of the classroom. IHP works to create long lasting connections and friendships amongst Americans and international students. IHP also hosts a number of events for international students throughout the academic year (e.g. chili cook-off, Valentine’s Day party, and other welcome events).
ISSS Brown Bag Series
The Brown Bag Lunch Workshops are provided to help UK’s academic advisers learn and understand the process of working with international students. There are three workshops offered each semester.
HR Training Courses
International Student and Scholar Services offers courses which can be pre-arranged by request or by registering through the myUK self-service tab. Courses include intercultural training, a visa series regarding the employment of international faculty/staff on the, H-1b Visa status, J-1 visa status, and lawful permanent residency status, and others.
To view current courses offerings vist myUK:
Under Employee Services, select Training
Under Course Catalog, select UK International Center
In the Assigned Subject Areas, select Visa Services H-1B Forms Review
In the course date section, find the class date / time you would like to attend and select To Registration Select Book Course
International Student Scholarships
There are scholarships available for incoming and current international students at the University of Kentucky. Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students in varying amounts.
University Health Service provides multiple health services for students and faculty at the University of Kentucky. All international students are required to complete an online TB screening questionnaire shortly upon arrival to the U.S. Based on this questionnaire, a student may or may not have to take a TB skin test at UHS.
ISSS Presentation Request Form
Use this form to submit a presentation request