WHAT IS STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math and is a designation given to programs and offering degrees in those fields of study. 

WHAT IS STEM DESIGNATION?

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are important skills relevant to the economic growth of the United States and its overall competitiveness in the global market.  Because the United States has seen a decline of qualified STEM workers over the past several decades, the country has allowed institutions to assign STEM designation to educational programs meeting specific criteria. 

WHAT DOES STEM DESIGNATION MEAN FOR STUDENTS?

Enrolling in and successfully completing a STEM designated degree program may allow international students to remain in the United States for an extended period of time to help with the demand for STEM professionals.

Traditionally international students who enter the United States on an F-1 visa were eligible for up to twelve months of OPT (optional practical training).  Students who graduate from a STEM designated degree program are to extend their stay in the US pending offer of employment from an e-verify employer.  For more information please use the following link - https://www.e-verify.gov/employees

For additional information on OPT and CPT please contact our International House - https://www.wpi.edu/student-experience/resources/international