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Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students who must complete an internship course in order to graduate from their current degree program.
1. Maintenance of F-1 status for a minimum of one academic year in a degree program.
2. Proposed employment must be an integral part of an established curriculum and meet one of the following requirements;
3. Must be enrolled in internship course as required or approved by your academic unit. Each academic unit has unique internship requirements.
Note: CPT is not available as a work authorization for programs that do not offer an internship as part of the curriculum. Students in this situation wishing to participate in an internship will need need to apply for pre-OPT. It is in your best interest to determine early if an internship is an option as pre-OPT applications take approximately 90 days to process.
You can apply once you enroll in the internship class as well as other necessary classes and have all the necessary documents. There is no deadline, but we are not able to guarantee processing of your application before your employment start day if the application is submitted at the last minute. ISSC processing time is 7-10 business days.
Discuss your eligibility for CPT with your academic advisor before completing the CPT eForm. If eligible enroll in the internship course then complete the CPT eForm.
If your internship is in the fall or spring semester, you must be enrolled full-time for that semester (9 credits for graduate students and 12 credits for undergraduate students). Classes cannot be taken through online or distance education.
CPT is limited to part-time employment (up to 20 hours a week) during the fall and spring semesters. Full-time CPT can be approved for undergraduate students who are in their final semester (with an approved Reduced Course Load). Graduate students who have completed all coursework may be eligible for full-time CPT (more than 20 hours a week). CPT during official school breaks can be either full-time or part-time.