Curricular Practical Training (CPT) requires the pursuit of employment to fulfill a specific academic requirement.
- The employment must be either required for the degree program, or must be a specific course within the major field of study, or;
- If the employment is not required, then it must bear credit within the student's major degree program. The course that will satisfy this requirement must be specifically named on the CPT application's Adviser Recommendation.
CPT requires a specific job offer and must be approved by the academic adviser. Once a job is offered and the academic adviser’s approval and proof of registration for the credits are obtained, final authorization for CPT will be granted by the office of International Students, Scholars and Faculty Services (ISSFS) and noted on a newly-produced Form I-20. Unlike OPT, you do not need to submit an application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Curricular Practical Training Instructions
To apply for CPT you must make an appointment with ISSFS or attend a Practical Training Workshop to receive the application and review the CPT regulations.