F-1: Optional Practical Training (OPT)

OPT is a benefit of F-1 status that allows students to work off-campus in a field related to their area of study. OPT is most often utilized by Babson students following completion of their academic program.

There is a limit of 12 months of full-time OPT per degree level. OPT may be used before completion of studies (pre-completion), after completion of studies (post-completion) or a combination of both. OPT may be full-time or part-time, but any pre-completion OPT is limited to part-time during the academic year.

  • Part-time OPT (up to 20 hours/week) is deducted at half of the full-time rate (two months of part-time OPT = one month of full time OPT) before completion of studies. After completion of studies, part-time OPT is counted at the full-time rate.
  • Full-time OPT (more than 20 hours/week) can only be granted during official college breaks or after completion of studies.
  • The 17 month OPT extension for certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) degree holders is not applicable for Babson students.  

Additional Considerations

You must currently be maintaining valid F-1 status and must have been enrolled full-time for at least one academic year before applying for OPT. 

You are only authorized to work within the dates specified on the EAD.

If you do not complete your academic program by the date originally specified, contact The Glavin Office; you may not be eligible to work with the EAD you received. 

In order to maintain F-1 status while on OPT, students must report address and employment changes to an International Student Advisor and must not exceed 90 days of unemployment during the entire 12 month OPT period. ​

Students who complete their program of study are no longer eligible to enroll in the Babson health insurance plan. Graduates should plan accordingly to maintain health insurance coverage on OPT that meets federal and state requirements.