STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT)

In-the-lab   Are you interested in learning more about STEM OPT? Below are answers to some questions that you may have. For further information, please visit:   1) What is STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT)? International students are eligible to apply for OPT upon graduation from their degree program. OPT is an excellent way to earn real world job experience in your area of expertise! The STEM OPT extension allows students in a STEM approved program to add an additional 24 months to their OPT allowance. 2) What are STEM Eligible Degrees at Adelphi University? We have 15 undergraduate majors and 8 graduate majors to choose from at Adelphi University that are STEM OPT approved! See below for a list of these majors:   3) What are the qualifications for a STEM OPT Extension? To qualify for a 24-month STEM OPT extension, an F-1 student participating in an initial period of regular post-completion OPT must:
  • Have a degree in an eligible STEM field from a Student and Exchange Visitor Program-certified school that is accredited when the student submits their STEM OPT extension application to USCIS.
  • Pursue their STEM OPT extension through an employer that is enrolled in USCIS’s E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.
  • Select a STEM OPT employer that provides the student with formal training and learning objectives.
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per week per employer.
  Eligible F-1 students with STEM degrees who finish their program of study and participate in an initial period of regular post-completion OPT (often for 12-months) have the option to apply for a STEM OPT extension. Students may not apply for STEM OPT extensions during the 60-day grace period following an initial period of regular post-completion OPT.