Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) requires the pursuit of employment to fulfill a specific academic requirement.

  • The employment must be either required for the degree program, or must be a specific course within the major field of study, or;
  • If the employment is not required, then it must bear credit within the student's major degree program. The course that will satisfy this requirement must be specifically named on the CPT application.

CPT requires a specific job offer and must be approved by the academic adviser. Once a job is offered and the academic adviser’s approval and proof of registration for the credits are obtained, final authorization for CPT will be granted by the Center for International Programs (CIP) and noted on a newly-produced Form I-20. Unlike OPT, you do not need to submit an application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Curricular Practical Training Instructions

For instructions on how to apply to CPT and further information about rules and regulations, please review the CPT Application Packet.