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Most on-campus jobs are based on work-study funding. Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for Work Study funded jobs. You will need to rely on the funding source(s) you presented to our office & U.S. Embassy when issued F-1 or J-1 student status. Below is a list of on-campus departments that sometimes offer non-work study funded positions for which international students can apply. Obtain additional information about on-campus international student employment.

You may also utilize the Job Hawk website:

  • Navigate to "JobHawk Login"
  • Click on "Job Listings Now Available: To search the listings now, click here."
  • Click on "International Students"

You are not eligible for any "off-campus" jobs listed on the Job Hawk Site unless you receive the PRIOR approval from ISSO through a new Form I-20 or DS-2019.

Social Security & On-Campus Jobs for International Students

You do not need to have a Social Security Number to apply for or be offered an on-campus job. You will need to have a Social Security Number before starting the job. It only takes two weeks to obtain a Social Security card. Our office is willing to explain this to any UMass Lowell hiring department that may be reluctant to offer you a job for lack of a Social Security card. If you encounter this problem, please ask them to contact either ISSO at: or have them call us at 978-934-2383. Always get their name and telephone # and we will be happy to call them to explain the process and to make them feel comfortable in offering you a job.

Opening A Bank Account Without A Social Security Number

Please remember that you do NOT need a Social Security number (#) to open a bank account or to do any business in the U.S. Your passport and a brief explanation of your status will suffice. If you ever need our office to write a letter or call anyone to explain your status, we’re happy to do so. In order to open a Bank account in the U.S. without a Social Security number, you simply need to complete a W-8 Form (pdf), which can also be obtained by any Bank Teller.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

Employment Hours

International Students must maintain full-time status at all times and follow all legal requirements of their F-1 or J-1 student status. F-1 and J-1 students are permitted to work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week. This is 20 hours per week in total of all combined on-campus jobs. It is not 20 hours per job. During the recognized Umass Lowell vacation periods, international students in F-1 or J-1 status are permitted to work on-campus on a full-time basis as long as they’re complying with all other F-1 & J-1 status requirements. For questions on your status, contact: or call us at 978-934-2383.

J-1 students must report on-campus employment to ISSO at:, both whenever they start or end an on-campus job.

All Off-Campus Work Authorization for F-1 or J-1 students must have the PRIOR approval of the International Students & Scholars Office and the issuance of a new Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. Failure to obtain Off-campus Work Authorization through ISSO will result in a termination of your F-1 or J-1 legal status.

On-Campus Departments for Student Employment

Any employer other than those listed below is unacceptable as on-campus employment for international students. When in doubt, ALWAYS check with the International Students & Scholars Office first.

Check with your UMass Lowell academic department first about job possibilities such as teaching assistantships, research assistantships, graduate assistantships or any other type of job within their department.

how to calculate 20 hours of work per week

Please read the following attachment on How to Calculate 20 Hours of Work per Week.

The following are only considered to be on-campus employment if the job is physically done at the UMass Lowell campus. Any students found to have violated this will have their F-1 or J-1 status terminated.
The following are NOT acceptable for on-campus employment. When in doubt, check with ISSO before partaking in any employment. Any student found to have violated this will have their F-1 or J-1 status terminated.

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