Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is permission to work part-time or full-time (if mandatory) in a training position related to your field of study while you pursue your degree. The training must be an integral part of the established curriculum required for your degree. The following examples illustrate types of CPT that can be authorized:

CPT employment of 20 or fewer hours per week is considered part-time and requires concurrent full-time course work. CPT employment of more than 20 hours per week is considered full-time and can only be considered if it is mandatory by the degree program that you are pursuing.

Please note: Students who are authorized for one year or more of full-time CPT are ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Part-time CPT does not affect eligibility for OPT.

Plan ahead. CPT must be authorized on your I-20 by a Designated School Official (DSO) at the Office of International Programs and Services. You may not begin working until you have received your work authorization on your SEVIS  I-20. (Even if the practicum/internship is required for the degree, you must get the authorization on your I-20 first to avoid being considered in violation of your F-1 status by USCIS.)


To be eligible for Curricular Practical Training, you must:

To Apply for CPT:

  Click here to download CPT application.