F-1 Visa Holders
F-1 students are eligible to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during the academic year and full-time (more than 21 hours per week) during winter and summer vacation. On-campus employment may include teaching assistantships, research assistantships, reader appointments, or student positions at the campus library, bookstore, food/dining services, etc. F-1 students can work on-campus without obtaining employment authorization from DCISS or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
J-1 Visa Holders
Students and non-degree students on J-1 status may work on campus part time (up to 20 hours per week) while the school is in session and full time during the quarter/semester breaks and summer vacation. In order for employment, students must be in good academic standing and obtain on-campus work authorization from DCISS.
Work authorization is given for maximum one year. If you wish to continue employment after one year you can request an extension to your work authorization within a month of the end date. In order for us to issue you a work authorization letter, please fill out the on-campus work authorization request form online and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 310.206.1612 attention J Advisor. You can also stop by our office to fill one out. If you change employment at any time, you must complete another request form. Allow 3 business days to process.
Work Study is a federally subsidized hourly-wage job program awarded to college students through the federal government. International students are not considered eligible for federal work study. However, there are many places on campus that are willing to hire non-work study students.
** Note: International students are ineligible for work-study appointments
For other job opportunities, please check the Ackerman Union – Level A job bulletin wall.
Many graduate students work as Teaching Assistants as a way to get valuable classroom teaching experience. A TA's duties may include teaching, holding office hours, preparing course materials, and grading under the tutelage and supervision of regular faculty members who are responsible for curriculum and instruction in the University. TAs are academic student employees hired directly by departments, thus if you are seeking employment as a TA, first check that you are eligible to be a TA then contact the department in which you wish to teach directly.
Graduate students who plan to work as a teaching assistant (TA) at UCLA and are non-US citizens must pass the TOP before working as a TA in any department at UCLA. All non-U.S. citizens are considered international students (including permanent residents). However, international students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. university are exempt from taking the TOP.
No alternatives to TOP are accepted. If you believe you should receive an exemption from taking the TOP, please contact Graduate Division directly. International students must pass the TOP before working as TAs in any department at UCLA, but students who do not plan to work as TAs at UCLA do not need to take TOP. We do not encourage newly admitted students to take the TOP upon arrival, before they have had interaction with native speakers.
For more details regarding the requirements of the exam please see the TOP Website.
TOP Contact Information Website: https://oid.ucla.edu/top
Phone: (310) 825-3106
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