What is Curricular Practical Training?
CPT is a type of practical training authorization that allows qualified F-1 students to gain practical experience in their field of study while making progress towards the completion of their academic program.
- Required internship, practicum, student teaching or field experience (paid or unpaid)
- Optional internships for credit (MUST be in student’s major or program of study)
- Cooperative (Co-op) education programs for credit (MUST be in student’s major or program of study
- currently be in valid F-1 status
- have completed two semesters of full-time enrollment in a row prior to CPT request
- be registered for a course that requires an internship component
- Ph.D. students and students enrolled in a Master’s with thesis option are
INELIGIBLE for CPT if they have completed all coursework and are registered
for thesis or dissertation credits only.
VERY IMPORTANT: Internships without authorization and without any linkage to a course that carries credit are considered a violation of your F-1 status and your I-20 might be terminated due to unauthorized employment even if the internship is unpaid.
In order to apply for CPT, you will need to follow these steps: