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International Student FAQ

This page includes frequently asked questions specifically for international students at the U-M School of Social Work. For more general questions, please refer to the FAQ page at the International Center.

If you have other questions, please feel free to email

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I apply for financial aid?

    International students are not eligible for US federal or state financial aid, but are eligible for other financial aid and scholarships. Please see International Student Financial Aid for more information. If you have more questions, you can schedule an appointment with Cerise Carrington.

  2. Can I work?

    F-1 and J-1 students are allowed to work up to 20 hours with on-campus employment, including at the School of Social Work, during the semester and full-time during school vacations. However, international students are not eligible for work-study employments.

    Note that the primary purpose of F-1 and J-1 students in the US is attending school, according to the government regulations. It is highly suggested that students consider the 12-16 hours of field placement work and the demand of academic classes before applying to any jobs.

  3. What do I do if I don’t get into the class that I want to?

    You can fill out a Course Enrollment Petition with your rationales of taking the class. The Registrar's Office will review your petition and notify you their decision through an email.

  4. What is CPT and why CPT?

    The Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an employment for F-1 visa students, which is considered an integral part of the curriculum. All field placements at U-M School of Social Work are CPT employment for international students. Therefore, prior to starting to intern at field placements, international students must to obtain a CPT authorization.

    • For more detailed CPT process at the School of Social Work, please visit the Incoming Field International Student Page.
    • For more information about CPT, please visit the International Center Page. * Note that because field placements are required for MSW students, CPT process for MSW students is different from non-required CPT application process.
    • If you have more questions about your CPT at the School of Social Work, please contact Michelle Gorton.

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