Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a benefit granted to F-1 students allowing them to engage in off-campus internships that are an integral part of the student’s degree plan prior to program completion.
CPT must be an integral part of a degree program for which work authorization is provided. It allows students to gain practical experience in their field of work while they are still taking classes in their degree program.
CPT cannot not be used solely for employment purposes.
*IMPORTANT: You may engage in CPT only if you have already received written approval on your I-20 from an ISO advisor. Any off-campus training undertaken prior to receiving written authorization or beyond the authorized dates violates F-1 immigration regulations and can lead to termination of your F-1 student status.