Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

About Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training is an off-campus employment authorization, which allows F-1 students to gain work experience in their major field of study. To be eligible for Curricular Practical Training, an F-1 student must meet the following basic requirements:

  • Be in F-1 visa status
  • Be in a degree-seeking program
  • Have completed at least one academic year (nine months) of their program in F-1 visa status
  • Engage in employment related to their major or academic program
  • Register for academic credit for your work experience

Keep in mind that only students in majors that require an internship for their curriculum are eligible for CPT. See the list below to see if your major qualifies you to apply.

Major (Undergraduate) Eligible?
Bachelor of the Arts in American Sign Language Yes
Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies Yes
Bachelor of Arts in Art Media & Design Yes
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies Yes
Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts No
Bachelor of Science in Accounting No
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration No
Bachelor of Arts in Education (all sub-majors/specialties) Yes
Bachelor of Arts in English Yes
Bachelor of Arts in Government No
Bachelor of Arts in History No
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy No
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Yes
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology Yes
Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation Yes
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Recreation Yes
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Yes
Self-directed Major No
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts in Biology Yes
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry & Physics Yes
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Yes
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Math Yes
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Yes
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Yes
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Yes

 

Major (Graduate) Eligible?
Master of Arts in Sign Language Education Yes
Master of Arts in Deaf Studies Yes
Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling Yes
Master of Arts in School Counseling Yes
Master of Arts in Deaf Education: Advanced Studies No
Master of Arts in Deaf Education: Special Program in Deaf Education Yes
Master of Arts in International Development Yes
Doctorate in Critical Studies in the Education of Deaf Learners Yes
Education Specialist Degree in Deaf Education No
Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Preparation Program Yes
Master of Public Administration No
Doctorate in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Yes
Doctorate in Audiology Yes
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Yes
Master of Science in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences No
Master of Arts in Interpretation: Combined Interpreting Practice and Research Yes
Master of Arts in Interpretation: Interpreting Research No
Doctorate in Interpretation Yes
Master of Arts in Linguistics No
Doctorate in Linguistics No
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Yes
Specialized degree in School Psychology Yes
Master in Social Work Yes
Doctorate in Educational Neuroscience Yes

Application Procedure for Curricular Practical Training

All of the following information must be provided to Research Support and International Affairs (RSIA) for CPT authorization to be given. Please expect a processing time of three to seven days for RSIA to complete the authorization. Processing of a CPT application cannot begin until all of the following documentation has been submitted:

  • Form I-20 ID
  • Passport
  • I-94 card (small white card
  • Proof of registration for related academic course work (Course Selection Form) 
  • A copy of the job offer letter with the company's letterhead obtained from the employer

The job offer letter must contain the following information:

1. Name of the Employer

2. Location of the Employmer

3. Beginning and ending dates

4. Number of work hours per week  

Immigration Alert!
Beginning work without authorization from the Immigration and Naturalization Service or RSIA is a serious violation of F-1 status.

Important Note:
Please be aware that a social security number is not an authorization to accept employment off-campus.


Curricular Practical Training Spotlight

A photo Kristyne Reeds working in the Kellogg Conference HotelKristyne Reeds is a Deaf Canadian citizen working on obtaining her second degree, a bachelor of science in accounting. After completing an on-campus summer internship with the Administration and Finance program, Reeds wanted to pursue a fall internship in accounting. To read more about he CPT experience, click here

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