The International Office

Mission or Purpose

The International Office (IO) provides professional support and advising services to international students and scholars at Northwestern University regarding their immigration status in the U.S.

Curricular Practical Training

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. 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.

Instructions for Applying to CPT

All students interested in applying for CPT are encouraged to attend a CPT workshop. Check the International Office website for days/times/locations.

Contact Information

The International Office
Phone: 847-491-5613