Practical Training is an authorized period of work which is directly related to a student’s program of study. Practical training may be authorized to an F-1 student who has been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for one full academic year (two semesters) and who meets the requirements cited in the government regulations. Practical training includes Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
F-1 students must have completed one full academic year (two semesters) of full-time study to be eligible for CPT unless the student’s academic program requires immediate participation in CPT. CPT must be completed before a student finishes their academic program.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is defined in the federal regulations 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. It is permission to perform work that is an integral part of an established curriculum.
Marquette University defines Curricular Practical Training as a course that is listed in the course catalog (Bulletin) with an assigned course number, has an established grading or evaluation component and is offered at a cooperating employer who has an established relationship with the University for this purpose.
Application Process for CPT
Refer to the information above and determine if your internship or practicum meets the definition of CPT. It is also suggested that you read the excerpts from the government regulations related to CPT.
Meet with your College or Department’s internship coordinator to complete the form “Request for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Authorization." Once your internship coordinator or faculty advisor has completed the form and attached the supporting documentation, you are ready to meet with an OIE advisor.
Meet with your OIE advisor to receive authorization. Bring your CPT request form, passport, and current Form I-20.
Students seeking CPT authorization must receive permission from a DSO BEFORE starting employment. Plan ahead: Your completed CPT application must be received by OIE at least two weeks before you plan to begin work.