Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is temporary employment authorization directly related to an F-1 student's major field of study.  The student MUST either receive credit from a course (such as an internship course or an independent study) related to their major field of study or the work MUST be a requirement for the student's major field of study. 


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An F-1 student is required to receive approval from ISSS prior to beginning the employment and it must be documented in SEVIS.  The employment/internship may be either part-time or full-time, however full-time CPT lasting for more than one year will eliminate Optional Practical Training.  CPT can be either paid or unpaid experiences.   

Applying for CPT

You will need to complete the Curricular Practical Training application in Terra Dotta where you will:

  • Upload your employment letter including employer name, address, starting and ending date, and description of the position
  • Request the recommendation from your academic advisor or faculty advisor

If all documents are satisfactory, authorization can be done within a few days.

Contact ISSS for more information and questions about this employment option and application process.


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