Put Your Knowledge to the Test with CPT and Get Course Credit
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is designed to provide eligible students with an opportunity to gain actual employment experience that is “an integral part of an established curriculum”. Such training is defined as “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” The training must be a requirement or an integral part of your degree which means you must receive credit for the training.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is available to F-1 students who have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for one full academic year at Urbana University.
You must be registered for a course that is essential to your program of study to be considered for CPT. Your academic advisor must sign off on the CPT Application forms. If you are determined to be eligible, OIS will authorize your CPT. With this authorization you can begin your employment. You are not eligible to work until you receive this authorization from OISP. No other authorization is required for CPT.
Students who have engaged in one year or more of full-time CPT are ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Part-time Curricular Practical Training does not impact your ability to use OPT at all.
Eligibility requirements and limitations at Urbana University:
- CPT will be authorized for one semester at a time based on the academic calendar for that semester.
- CPT is limited to a maximum period of three academic
- CPT authorization will not be renewed if the student does not meet Standards of Academic Progress established by the Office of International Students & Programs for F-1 international students.
- Graduate students who are completing undergraduate level prerequisite courses will only be allowed to pursue CPT after they have completed all their prerequisite courses and are enrolled in graduate-level coursework.
Application process for CPT:
- Email OIS to determine if you are eligible for CPT based on current immigration regulation.
- Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor to determine academic eligibility for CPT
- Secure an internship position and obtain an internship offer letter.
- Meet with the person who will supervise you at the internship site to discuss the internship and get the necessary documents needed for your OPT application.
- Have your Academic Advisor Sign off on your Application.
- Bring all documents to the OIS office for a final decision on your CPT
- Once your decision is made you will receive an e-mail notifying you of your approval or denial with the reasoning. If you are approved you will then be able to come and collect your new I20 with CPT approval. Please keep your OLD I20 as well as your new I20.
F-1 students may not begin Curricular Practical Training until the Form I-20 has been endorsed to indicate authorization. International students must not continue employment beyond the date authorized.