Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of off-campus employment authorization for students in F-1 status. The employment must be in their field of study and an integral component of their academic curriculum. CPT has a curricular purpose and is meant to further a student’s academic studies; it is not employment for financial reasons.

  • For information about CPT, eligibility, and the application process, click here.
  • For the general F-1 CPT Request Form, click here. If you are an artist pursuing a one-time gig/performance, please click here. 
  • Also, for information about internship course registration, click here.
applying for cpt


Failure to apply for CPT prior to beginning off campus work is a violation of your F-1 Visa status and considered unauthorized work.