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Pitt ranked seventh among U.S. universities in employing the
most international students with Optional Practical Training (OPT) work
authorization in 2017. OPT is a period during which undergraduate and graduate
students with F-1 status who have completed or have been pursuing their degrees
for more than three months are permitted by the U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services to work for one year on a student visa towards
getting practical training to complement their education. Notable top
employers included Amazon, Intel, and Google. The six universities employing
more OPT-authorized individuals than Pitt were the University of Michigan,
Arizona State University, Johns Hopkins University, North Carolina State
University, Stanford University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The
federal government’s Student
and Exchange Visitor Program
published the 2017 data.