An F-1 student may be authorized by the DSO to participate in a curricular practical training (CPT) program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. CPT is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school (Revised effective 1/1/03; 67 FR 76256). In practical terms, ‘integral part of an established curriculum’ means an opportunity must be required by the curriculum or, if not required, the student must receive credit for the training” (www.nafsa.org
- Must be in status at the time of the application and have been in lawful F-1 status for one full academic year (nine months) preceding the CPT application.
- Please note: Students in graduate degree programs that require immediate practicum hours are exempted from the one full academic year requirement. Transfer students may use the time spent in lawful F-1 status in the previous school to fulfill this requirement.
- Must be enrolled for a full course load or approved for reduced course work before applying for CPT.
- Must have a valid CPT employment/internship/training offer related to the student’s major area of study.
- Must be in good academic standing (3.0 or higher for Graduate Students and 2.0 or higher for Undergraduates).
- A valid letter from prospective employer/internship site stating terms of CPT (must follow sample letter).
- CPT Request Form (Fill out Section One).
- Department Approval Form (Have your department or faculty advisor fill out and sign the form).
- A purpose statement describing how your CPT will relate and be integral to your academic program.
- A copy of your class schedule showing full time enrollment or RCL courses. Your schedule must show the CPT approved course listed in the Department Approval Form.
- If you already advanced to candidacy, a copy of the Advancement to Candidacy Worksheet.
- Please note: Regardless of the date you indicate in your CPT request form, your CPT will commence only upon approval by your CIE advisor.
Please allow 7-10 business days for your application to be processed and for the issuance of a new I-20. The time needed to apply for a social security number is not included in the two weeks CIE requires to process your CPT application.
You will be notified by the CIE office when the new I-20 is ready for pick-up.
***Do not engage in any work activity without prior authorization!***
CPT HOURS AND LIMITATIONS
- You may begin curricular practical training only after receiving CPT approval in Form I-20 from the international student advisor.
- You may not change your CPT employer/internship without prior authorization.
- You may work up to 20 hrs. per week (part-time) during the Fall and Spring semesters and 21+ hrs. per week (full-time) during the Summer and Winter Sessions.
- Students who have received 12 months or more of full time curricular practical training are ineligible for post-completion optional practical training (OPT).
- Any type of work activity, even when required for a class must be approved through the CPT application process.