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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)


Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Students may receive off-campus work permission if it is integral to his or her academic program. CPT allows students to participate in an internship, practicum or cooperative education program. CPT must be required or, if not required, students must receive course credit. CPT is employer specific and must be done before students graduate. 


Students must have been enrolled full-time and in good academic standing for one academic year.  Graduate students whose degree requires immediate participation in CPT may apply upon arriving in the U.S. 

CPT Timing

CPT may be either full-time or part-time (less than 20 hours per week); if a student completes 12 months or more of full-time CPT, he/she is ineligible for OPT, however part-time CPT will not prohibit students from engaging in OPT.

CPT Procedure

  • Submit a job offer letter from your new employer which provides the name and location of the company, a job description, states the beginning and ending dates of your proposed employment, and the number of hours per week that the student will work.
  • Submit the above documents to the International Student Advisor along with your I-20.