Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an opportunity to gain work experience to complement your academic program. F-1 students are entitled to one year of OPT for each higher degree. When it is time for you to do OPT, you must first view the online OPT Seminar. You will then submit the Optional Practical Training Request eForm. Once processed, you will make an appointment with UC International Services to get the necessary paperwork to apply.