|Are you an international student majoring in a STEM program? Are you looking to extend your 12-month Optional Practical Training (OPT)? Well now you can!
International STEM majors at American National University and our partner institution, the University of Fairfax, are eligible to apply for a 24-month extension in addition to their existing 12-month OPT. While most other academic programs only permit international students OPT for one year, STEM majors are eligible for OPT status for up to three years!
Every degree level from bachelor’s through doctorate in the STEM field – a program in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – is authorized for this extension. Students on the F-1 visa may work for up to three years total upon the completion of their master’s degree.
If then enrolled in a doctoral program, they may work for an additional three years after receiving their doctorate. With a 5-year doctoral program, that is a total of up to eight years for that one program – the total time of work and study in the United States may easily exceed 10 years!
At American National University, we offer STEM programs in:
- Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (Salem Campus)
- Bachelor of Science in Network Administration (Online Only)
- Master of Science in Cybersecurity (Louisville Campus)
- Master of Science in Information Technology (Salem or Louisville Campuses)
- Master of Science in Computer Science & Engineering (Louisville Campus)
- Master of Science in Software Development (Louisville Campus)
At the University of Fairfax, our STEM programs include:
- Master of Science in Computer Science & Engineering
- Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management
- Master of Science in Information Technology
- Doctorate of Software Development
- Doctorate of Information Assurance
- PhD in Computer Science Engineering
Visit American National University website or the University of Fairfax website today for complete information on programs offered and the application process for international students!