Curricular Practical Training
What is Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an F-1 employment authorization that allows F-1 students participate in certain courses, such as practicums, externships, and clinics, which require an outside work component.
Curricular Practical Training is authorized by 8 CFR §214.2(f):
An F-1 student may be authorized by the DSO to participate in a curricular practical training program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined to be 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. Students who have received one year or more of full time curricular practical training are ineligible for post-completion academic training. Exceptions to the one academic year requirement are provided for students enrolled in graduate studies that require immediate participation in curricular practical training. A request for authorization for curricular practical training must be made to the DSO. A student may begin curricular practical training only after receiving his or her Form I-20 with the DSO endorsement.
Courses eligible for Curricular Practical Training: