Curricular Practical Training

What is CPT?

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a temporary employment authorization for students maintaining valid F-1 visa status allowing them to take part in paid or unpaid off-campus training such as: alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or practicum. This training must be an integral part of the student’s curriculum and directly related to the student’s declared major. The student must receive academic credit on their transcript for this training. CPT is authorized by the Designated School Official and reflected on the student’s Form I-20.

Who is eligible?

Basic eligibility guidelines are found below, however not all students will qualify based on these guidelines alone. Students should meet with Sarah Sculley in DavisConnects upon identifying training opportunities to discuss their eligibility for CPT.


How do I apply?

When should I apply?