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Student Employment


If you are an F-1 student, and you are maintaining your immigration status (which means following the rules and regulations of the immigration service), you may work on campus once you enroll for your first semester. J-1 students may work under certain circumstances. Student workers on campus are permitted to work 20 hours per week during the semester; full-time work is permitted during breaks. Please make an appointment at the International Faculty & Staff Office for questions about employment.

Job inquiries

Human Resource Services maintains a listing of available student job opportunities. The Student Employment Office can provide you with information about finding a student job on campus after your arrival and class registration. You may also wish to inquire with Housing & Residential Services and University Libraries. The computer labs on campus also hire student workers.


Graduate assistantships provide students with a stipend and full-tuition waiver. Approximately 25% of degree-seeking graduate students receive assistantships. Before you apply for an assistantship, be sure to read these tips provided by NIU’s Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center.

Contact Us

All supporting documents necessary to process your application must be sent to:

International Admissions
Northern Illinois University
1425 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1346


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