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Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work permission available to F-1 students who are lawfully enrolled in F-1 status.  CPT is used for working at off campus practicum or internships that are integral to the student’s academic program. 

To be eligible for CPT, employment must be a required, integral part of an academic program’s established curriculum within the student’s course of study. CPT may be approved for part-time or full-time employment, depending on the curriculum requirements. Students must have endorsement from their academic advisor and an offer of employment from a curriculum-approved employer. In general, students must maintain full-time academic enrollment while working on CPT, excluding vacation periods. Using 12 months of full time CPT eliminates eligibility to apply for Optional Practical Training work authorization.

How to apply for Curricular Practical Training?

Prior to the start of employment, students will need to receive authorization from the Office of Student Services.  Bring the following to the Office of Student Services (Building 2 Room 215B):

  • Letter from Employer – must include start and end dates of employment, job description, hours per week, address of work location and name of supervisor.  A sample letter is provided in the CPT application below.
  • Curricular Practical Training Application – Student completes page 2, and gets signature from the PAU Director of Clinical Training or Undergraduate Program Director (for undergrad PSA students).

After receiving these documents, Student Services updates the employment in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and issues a new I-20 Form with a notation that permits the student to engage in CPT.   Students must re-apply for CPT anytime they change employers or extend the length of their employment period.  



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