Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training

For International Students Holding an F-1 Visa:

Under current regulations, international students holding F-1 visas can be authorized for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) provided they meet eligibility and procedural requirements.  CPT is authorized employment pursuant to an internship elective that earns academic credit.

Eligibility Requirements:

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) can be authorized for the following students:

  • Students who have completed at least two consecutive semesters of study in active F-1 status.
  • Students who have elected the Global Business Track

Employment Durations:

Minimum employment durations vary depending on the semester of authorization and application type, but in all cases, you must work at least ten (10) hours per week:

  • For students who have completed at least two consecutive semesters of study in active F-1 status
    • Summer Semester: four (4) weeks minimum duration if offers are on a full-time basis; six (6) weeks minimum duration if offers are on a part-time basis
    • Fall/Spring Semester – six (6) weeks minimum duration; offers can only be on a part-time basis
  • For students who have elected the Global Business Track
    • Summer Semester: six (6) weeks minimum duration; offers must be full-time
    • Fall/Spring Semester – six (6) weeks minimum duration; offers can only be on a part-time basis

Under your F-1 visa, you cannot work more than 20 hours a week during an academic semester, so please plan accordingly. Only September-entering students with a complete summer break are eligible to work more than 20 hours a week, and during the summer semester only.

CPT Authorization Procedure:

  • Submit the completed F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Request Form, along with a letter from your employer confirming the exact start and end dates of the internship, VIA EMAIL to the Office of Student Affairs.
  • OSA will review the offer for appropriateness and applicability to the degree program. If the experience is applicable, OSA will sign your application.
  • Signature is confirmation of Seminar registration.
    • Students who have completed at least two consecutive semesters of study in active F-1 status will be enrolled in B8811/B8812/B8813 Cross Cultural Seminar
    • Students who have elected the Global Business Track will be enrolled in B8814 Global Business
  • Submit the required documents as instructed on this page via ISSO's online process. The required documents are listed below:
    • A copy of the CPT Employer Letter which must contain the following (ISSO has provided an example letter as a sample, but do not submit this):
      • be on official company letterhead
      • have a specific start date and a specific end date (the dates must fall within the current academic semester)
      • include the location where your work will be performed
      • include the number of hours per week you will work
      • include a description of your position duties
      • be signed and dated by your employer
    • The completed F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Request Form, (signed by an OSA officer).
    • Your most recent I-94 arrival record. Click here to access your record.
       
  • The above-listed documentation can be submitted to ISSO as early as 90 days but no less than 10 days before you wish to begin employment.
  • ISSO will update your SEVIS record for CPT authorization and issue a new I-20.  ISSO will email you when the new I-20 is ready to be picked up. The ISSO recommendation requires 10 working days for processing. 

Students who have completed at least two consecutive semesters of study in active F-1 status may register for Cross-Cultural Seminar up to three (3) times.

Students who have elected the Global Business Track may register for Global Business one (1) time and Cross-Cultural Seminar up to two (2) times.

If you have any additional questions about CPT or other matters relating to your F-1 status, please refer to the ISSO website or contact the ISSO at [email protected].

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Employment related to your field of study immediately after completion of your studies, authorized by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) through the issuance of an EAD card (Employment Authorization Document). OPT is permitted for a period of up to a maximum of twelve months.

For more information about OPT, please refer to the ISSO website or contact the ISSO at [email protected].