International Students

International Students

The majority of Financial Mathematics applicants hail from overseas. International applicants should consider the following:

  1. Most of our international students come here on an F-1 student visa. For information about securing a student visa, or changing a visa status, please visit the Office of International Affairs Information for Admitted International Students webpage.
  2. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is employment which is required either of all students in a degree program or for a credit-bearing course that will count towards a student’s degree. Currently, Financial Mathematics only offers course-based CPT. As such, to be eligible for CPT, candidates must have been a full-time student in the United States in a lawful status that permits study for one academic year (3 academic quarters) prior to the start date of employment. For more information about CPT eligibility, please visit the Office of International Affairs Curricular Practical Training, CPT webpage.
  3. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a benefit of the F-1 status that allows students to work off-campus in positions directly related to their main area of study during or after the completion of their degree program. For information on OPT eligibility, please visit the Office of International Affairs Optional Practical Training, OPT webpage.
  4. The STEM Extension for OPT allows eligible F-1 students who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in a STEM related field, and are currently in the post-completion stage of OPT, to apply for a 24 month extension of their OPT. For more information about STEM eligibility, please visit the Office of International Affairs STEM Extension OPT webpage.
  5. All accepted international applicants must attend the Office of International Affairs’ (OIA) incoming student orientation, even if they have previously attended a higher learning institution in the United States. The orientation will cover the following: essential information pertaining to F-1 or J-1 visa statuses, maintaining visa statuses, employment authorization, social security numbers, travel, and other topics such as health care and safety. 

For more information about international affairs at the University of Chicago, please visit the Office of International Affairs website.