Curricular Practical Training is at its core, a benefit of the F visa status that is meant to serve as a continuation of the student’s program of study in a work environment.
CPT allows for an F-1 student to pursue off-campus employment with a designated employer. The employer’s name and address will be printed on page 2 of the Form I-20.
An F-1 student is allowed to change employers during the course of the CPT period, but the new employer and approved employment dates must be designated on the I-20.
A new CPT application (see below for application requirements) is required to change employers. Justification will need to be provided by both the student’s academic advisor as to how the new opportunity better enables the student to gain practical experience in their field of study.
An F-1 student who is approved for a period of CPT while school is in session is required to remain enrolled on a full-time basis during the course of the employment.
Students pursuing CPT during the summer break must be enrolled in an internship/independent study course unless the opportunity is required for all students pursuing the degree.
- Brief description of employment
- Name and telephone number of immediate supervisor
- Address of place where student will be working
- Estimated number of hours per week
- Employment start date
- Employment end date
Once all necessary documentation is received, a new I-20 form will be processed with the dates of the approved period of CPT on page 2.
All CPT applicants must return the following documents to the Center for Global Programs and Studies before beginning employment:
If you have further questions regarding the CPT program, please set up a time to talk to the International Student Advisor.