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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 and 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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