CPT (Curricular Practical Training ) for F-1 Students

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) must be an “integral part of an established curriculum,” and is defined as “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” (8 C.F.R. 214.2 (f) (10) (i)).

CPT can be authorized for:

  • An internship/practicum course or other type of practical/field experience required to complete the degree program

  • An internship/practicum course which is optional, but integral to student’s academic program

  • An internship/cooperative education program offered through the Career Development Center.

Please review the Career Development Center Guidelines for Cooperative Education/Internships


Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintain good academic standing at the university

  • Maintain F-1 status for at least one academic year (two consecutive full-time semesters) prior to start of CPT. (EXCEPTION: Graduate students required to complete an internship for their degree program may begin CPT any time during their program of study)

  • Identify an opportunity which falls under the definition of Curricular Practical Training as explained above.

  • Enroll full-time while pursuing CPT regardless of whether CPT is authorized full-time or part-time.Students who have completed all required coursework (except thesis/dissertation hours) are not eligible for CPT (EXCEPTION: CPT for thesis/dissertation students can be requested if it is necessary for data collection towards thesis/dissertation)

    • Students should avoid pursuing full-time CPT unless (1) it is required for a degree program, or (2) it is during the summer semester when full-time enrollment is optional.

    • Enrollment below full course load to accommodate CPT employment is not permitted during fall and spring. Exception:

  • Students who have completed all required coursework (except thesis/dissertation hours) are not eligible for CPT (EXCEPTION: CPT for thesis/dissertation students can be requested if it is necessary for data collection towards thesis/dissertation)


CPT Authorization Requirements

  • Employment offer is required prior to CPT approval

  • A change in employer requires ISSS review and approval

  • Written authorization must be obtained from ISSS prior to the employment start date. Authorization is granted onesemester at a time, for up to two semesters per degree level.

    • CPT must be authorized prior to the employment start date. Working prior to receiving CPT authorization constitutes unauthorized employment.

    • Although regulations do not specify the number of CPT authorizations a student may receive, ISSS will authorize no more than two semesters of CPT per degree level. Students who wish to continue employment beyond two semesters should consider other options such as Optional Practical Training (OPT) prior to degree completion.

    • CPT may be authorized part-time (20 hours per week or less) or full-time (more than 20 hours per week). Part-time CPT does not affect eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Full-time CPT reaching a total of 12 months will cancel eligibility for OPT

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 Last Modified 6/24/13