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. 


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

To apply for CPT, bring the following documents to ISSS for review:

  • Completed Curricular Practical Training Form, which must be authorized by your academic advisor or faculty advisor
  • Letter of employment including employer name, address, starting and ending date, and description of the position

If all documents are satisfactory, authorization can be done immediately. 

Contact ISSS for more information about this employment option and details regarding the application process.

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