Curricular Practical Training

Curricular practical training (CPT) is a type of off-campus work permission for F-1/F-3 students who are currently pursuing study programs in the U.S. and want to gain experience in their field of study. CPT is not available after a student completes a degree program. See below for CPT requirements:

*If a graduate program requires the training program to begin immediately, this requirement can be waived.

Fall & Spring CPT

Employment is limited to part-time (20 hours or less) during the fall and spring semesters. Part-time curricular practical training does not affect a student's post completion practical training.

Summer CPT

Full-time (20 hours or more per week) employment is allowed for all continuing students in the summer. If summer is the first or final semester of a student’s degree program, CPT is limited to 20 hours per week. To be eligible, students must enroll in the course listed as "Internship" or "Practicum" during the summer sessions. Authorization will be granted from the first day of class for the summer session you are enrolled in and ends on the last day of class.

Application Process

Complete the CPT Application
Enroll in the appropriate course listed as "Internship" or "Practicum"
Attach your employer offer letter.
Letter must include the following: A new I-20 will be issued to you within 3 business days.

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