Information for F-1 students
International students who have F-1 visas
need to utilize Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for internships. The
following are a few practical questions and answers concerning CPT:
|What is Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Training is an employment option available to F-1 students where the
practical training employment is considered an integral part of the
curriculum or academic program.
|Why do international students need to
use Curricular Practical Training for internships?|
Internships are considered as
employment, which also includes cooperative education job, practicum, or any
other work experience that is either required for a degree (as defined in
the course catalog) or for which academic credit is awarded. Therefore, when
seeking an internship, F-1 students need to apply for Curricular Practical
|What are the eligibility requirements?|
To apply for Curricular Practical
Training, students must be in lawful F-1 status and have a job offer.
|What is the difference between Curricular
Practical Training and Optional Practice training?|
There exist differences between
Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practice training. Usually
Curricular Practical Training is used for students who get an internship
during the studying period. Optional Practice training is used for the
students who finish all the required credits and apply for graduation. Once
the students get an internship offer and the Curricular Practical Training
application is approved, international students can use Curricular Practical
Training for internship and this time period will not be counted as
part of Optional Practice training.
The following links are useful for F-1
students to get more detailed information about various issues on visa and
immigration, such as status, work permit, Curricular Practical Training, etc.