What is Curricular Practical Training?
CPT is a type of practical training authorization that allows qualified F-1 students to gain practical experience in their field of study while making progress towards the completion of their academic program.
CPT is a practical training that is performed for academic credit (part of the school curriculum and commensurate to degree level) AND that is required as part of the academic plan or program curriculum from ALL students in the program.
- Required internship, practicum, student teaching or field experience (paid or unpaid)
- Optional internships for credit (MUST be in student’s major or program of study)
- Cooperative (Co-op) education programs for credit (MUST be in student’s major or program of study