F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Relevant Forms

CPT Form

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is defined as an alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school (8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i)). It is granted as an integral part of an established curriculum such as internship or practicum for which academic credits are awarded.


  • Student must have been enrolled full-time for one continuous academic year in good academic standing.
  • Internship must be in the current major. Not eligible for minor programs.
  • Student must enroll in at least 1 credit of internship, independent study or other academic course corresponding to the internship for the period covering the CPT request (including summer sessions).
    • Fall or spring enrollment may be used for wintermester CPT requests.
  • Student must maintain full-time enrollment or have authorization for part-time enrollment during CPT.

Important Information

  • Students may not begin the internship before the OISS authorized CPT start date. CPT authorization cannot be backdated.
  • CPT authorization is granted 1 semester at a time. Each semester (including summer) the student must be reauthorized so that class enrollment may be verified.
    • Courses used for CPT may not be online or distance education courses if it is the only course for the fall or spring semester. A course is considered "online" or "distance education" if it does not require a student's physical attendance in a classroom for classes, exams or "other purposes integral to completion of the class." These courses include those offered "principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission, including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing."
    • The student must contact an OISS advisor to reauthorize the CPT and submit necessary documents.
  • CPT may be used full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during semester breaks and part-time (20 hours or less per week) during the academic year (fall and spring semesters).
  • Students may not use 20 hours per week of CPT and 20 hours of on-campus work (including assistantships) during the academic year.
  • Students who have full-time CPT for 12 months or more forfeit post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for the current education level.
    • Part-time CPT does not count towards the 12 months limit, i.e. after 12 months of part-time CPT, the student is still eligible for 12 months of post-completion OPT.
  • International students are exempt from paying Social Security and Medicare taxes for the first 5 years in the U.S., but are required to pay all federal and state taxes.