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Curricular Practical Training

Regulations for F-1 students participating in Curricular Practical Training (CPT):

  • CPT is defined by federal regulations as “an integral part of an established curriculum” related to your program of study.

  • CPT can be approved for an internship, practicum, or in the case of graduate and doctoral students, thesis and dissertation courses taken for course credit related to research.

  • Before applying for CPT, you must have been lawfully enrolled as a full-time student for at least one academic year, consecutive semesters (Fall & Spring). The only exception is graduate students who are required to begin a required practicum or internship immediately.

  • CPT can be authorized for part-time employment (20 hours a week or less) or full-time employment (more than 20 hours a week). 

  • Students must be registered fulltime in classes while on CPT in Fall and Spring semesters. Unless it is your last semester, and are approved to be below hours (RCL).

  • If you are in your last semester and the CPT course is not a required course to graduate, you MAY NOT engage in CPT. You must have a required course(s) to complete your program in your last semester.

  • Authorization for CPT must be renewed each semester that you wish to participate.

  • Once your program of study is completed all CPT must cease.

  • WARNING: Students who accumulate 12 months of full-time CPT, are not eligible for Optional Practical Training, which is usually authorized after the completion of a degree program.

  • Before you can begin CPT,  an Internship Coordinator /Academic Advisor responsible for your program must complete a CPT form for the International Office confirming that the training will result in academic credit.

  • Bring the following documents to the International Office (You may request an appointment with an International Advisor if you have further questions):

    1.  Signed CPT form

    2. Job offer letter from the company who you will be working for

    3. Class Schedule showing class registration for an internship/practicum course

Download the CPT Handout for further information and approval form

CPT approval process will take 3-5 business days

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Regulations for F-1 students participating in Curricular Practical Training (CPT):

  • CPT is defined by federal regulations as “an integral part of an established curriculum” related to your program of study.
  • CPT can be approved for an internship, practicum, or in the case of graduate and doctoral students, thesis and dissertation courses taken for course credit related to research.
  • Before applying for CPT, you must have been lawfully enrolled as a full-time student for at least one academic year, consecutive semesters (Fall & Spring). The only exception is graduate students who are required to begin a required practicum or internship immediately.
  • CPT can be authorized for part-time employment (20 hours a week or less) or full-time employment (more than 20 hours a week). 
  • Students must be registered fulltime in classes while on CPT in Fall and Spring semesters. Unless it is your last semester, and are approved to be below hours (RCL).
  • If you are in your last semester and the CPT course is not a required course to graduate, you MAY NOT engage in CPT. You must have a required course(s) to complete your program in your last semester.
  • Authorization for CPT must be renewed each semester that you wish to participate.
  • Once your program of study is completed all CPT must cease.
  • WARNING: Students who accumulate 12 months of full-time CPT, are not eligible for Optional Practical Training, which is usually authorized after the completion of a degree program.
  • Before you can begin CPT,  an Internship Coordinator /Academic Advisor responsible for your program must complete a CPT form for the International Office confirming that the training will result in academic credit.
  • Bring the following documents to the International Office (You may request an appointment with an International Advisor if you have further questions):
    1.  Signed CPT form
    2. Job offer letter from the company who you will be working for
    3. Class Schedule showing class registration for an internship/practicum course