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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

F-1 students may participate in a temporary internship or practicum to gain practical experience in their field of study. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is available under the following conditions: training that is required by the program of study or work for which the student receives credit directly related to his/her major. It can be a paid or unpaid experience.

Undergraduate students must be lawfully enrolled in full-time studies for at least one academic year to be eligible for CPT. Graduate students can participate in CPT immediately if it is required by the academic program; otherwise, the full-time attendance requirement for one academic year applies.

CPT can be full-time or part-time. Full-time is considered to be more than 20 hours per week; part-time is 20 hours or less per week. Students may only work part-time during the academic semesters and have the option of working full-time during regular university breaks. Twelve months or more of full-time CPT will disqualify the student for Optional Practical Training (OPT), however, no amount of part-time CPT will count against the 12 month total for OPT.
Check with the International Student Advisor to see if you meet the requirements for CPT and if the work qualifies for CPT.

The International Student Advisor grants permission to participate in CPT. Students must have an offer of employment prior to requesting CPT. Requests for CPT must be made at least 10 business days before the student plans to begin the internship or practicum. It is not possible to request retroactive CPT. Students will receive a new I-20 authorized for CPT when it is approved and must adhere to the employment authorization detailed on page 3 of the I-20.
Here is the procedure for applying for CPT:

1) Obtain a letter from your Academic Advisor. It should include the following information, depending on which requirement for CPT it meets:

CPT that will apply as an internship:

  • Verification of full-time student status
  • Anticipated program completion date
  • Internship course number and title and number of credits
  • A statement that, "The internship is an integral part of the student's curriculum." and a detailed description of how it is directly related to and meets the goals of the class
  • Confirmation that the internship will count towards fulfilling degree requirements
  • Start and End dates of the internship - month, date, and year

CPT that will apply as a practicum or research for graduate thesis or dissertation:

  • Verification of full-time student status
  • Anticipated program completion date
  • A statement that, "The internship is an integral part of the student's curriculum." and a detailed description of how it is directly related to and meets the goals of the class
  • Start and End dates of the internship - month, date, and year

2) Obtain a letter from the employer on company letterhead with the following information:

  • Student's job title
  • Student's job responsibilities
  • Start and End dates of the student's employment period - month, date, and year
  • Number of hours per week the student will work
  • Name and contact information for the student's direct supervisor

3) Meet with the International Student Advisor and bring the following documents:

  • Letter from Academic Advisor
  • Letter from employer

Walk-In Hours

Fall 2014 Walk-In Hours will be posted here when finalized. Please call or email for an appointment with the International Office if you need assistance during the summer break: 001-484-646-4256 or international@kutztown.edu.