Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is temporary employment authorization that allows an F-1 student to gain practical experience via an internship, work off-campus, or cooperative program that is directly related to the student's program of study. CPT is linked to a specific course, is credit-bearing, and is limited to the specific employer and dates of employment listed on the CPT application.
You must receive authorization from the IO prior to the beginning requested date of employment. Once your CPT request has been approved, you will receive a new CPT I-20 reflecting your authorization to work. CPT is date and employer specific.
In order to be eligible for CPT, you must meet the following criteria:
Additionally, the following applies to CPT:
Once you have turned in a completed CPT application during walk-in hours, you will receive a new CPT I-20 in 3-5 business days. If you are missing any documents or information, your international student advisor will let you know.
Work authorization is given per quarter/semester--additional quarters/semesters require a new application. You may use a job offer letter that covers more than one academic term, but you must still apply each term for CPT. In this case, the end date requested will be the end of the quarter/semester.
Part-time CPT at the master's level cannot be combined with another part time job, such as a teaching assistantship, because combined, they are considered full-time employment.
An F-1 student may only apply for CPT based on one of the following categories:
How to Apply
If the application is approved by your international student advisor, the period of CPT will be entered into SEVIS and a new I-20 will be printed for you. If your application is not approved or is incomplete, you will be e-mailed by your international student advisor.
If needed, apply for a Social Security Number after picking up the I-20 at the International Office. You will need a letter from the International Office. You can obtain this after your CPT has been approved by completing our Document Request Form online.
Job Offer Letter
The letter should be typed on company letterhead and must contain the following information:
Long-Term Employment Offers
You might receive a job offer that spans more than one quarter. This is allowed, provided that your program enables you to be registered for a CPT class for multiple terms. Keep in mind that if you have 12 months of full-time CPT, you will not be able to apply for OPT.