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.
- You must be in valid F-1 status
- You must have completed one full academic year
- You must have declared a major with the training directly related to your major
- You must receive academic credit on your transcript for the training by registering for an internship credit in the term in which the CPT is taking place
- You must be enrolled/registered for a full-time course load for the following semester
- You must have a job offer with established start and end dates before CPT can be approved
- Training must fulfill the 100-hour minimum requirement for internship credit
- CPT use is limited to students’ second and third summers, and second through fourth Jan Plans
How do I apply?
- Complete the internship credit application Click here to register your internship.
- Complete the CPT application including obtaining signatures from faculty sponsor, employer, and registrar. Click here to access the application.
- Make a CPT appointment with Sarah Sculley in Handshake Click here to make an appointment.
When should I apply?
- Please try to apply at least two weeks prior to the CPT requested start date
- You may utilize CPT no sooner than your second Jan Plan
- You may apply once you have a confirmed internship/training experience
- You must have registered for a full course load for the following semester