International Student Services Office

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

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.


  Must be integral part of study:

  • Must be a requirement for ALL students in the program in order to graduate (no academic credit required)
  • Must be receiving academic credit for the CPT

You must receive approval from OISS

 You must be enrolled full-time for one academic year before you are eligible for CPT      

  • Exception: graduate students may begin immediately if program requires

  You are only able to work for one specific employer at a time

  Increments of no more than ONE YEAR

  • NO cumulative maximum
  • Must be during your academic program

  Part time (20 hours or less), Full time (more than 20 hours)

  • Full time for an aggregate one year or more ELIMINATES OPT eligibility

   Must have an offer of employment from employer

  USCIS approval is not required, OISS and academic department approval required

  You will receive a new I-20 with CPT notation from OISS if your CPT is approved

  You must continue full-time student status

Student must make an appointment with OISS to submit:

CPT Advisor Recommendation Form (choose one):  CPT Info and Advisor Recommendation (Fillable), CPT Info and Advisor Recommendation (PDF) --Consider printing a 2-sided document to save paper

Letter from Employer (on employer letter head) with:

 Name of employer


 Employment start and end date