Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular practical training (CPT) is an alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education or other type of required practicum that a sponsoring employer offers through cooperative agreements with your college or university. CPT is only available for F-1 students when it is part of an established curriculum within a school. CPT must be integral to your program of study and can be authorized for part-time or full-time employment. Students who complete one year or more of full-time CPT are ineligible to participate in post-completion OPT. Part-time CPT does not impact eligibility for OPT.

CPT Eligibility

In order to qualify for CPT, you must be an F-1 student and have completed one full academic year of study at an SEVP-certified school, unless you are a graduate student whose program requires immediate CPT. Students who complete one year or more of full-time CPT are ineligible to participate in post-completion OPT. CPT allows students to receive payment for the training experience, but payment is not a requirement. Unpaid internships can benefit from having CPT added to the I-20 as evidence of an off-campus practicum or internship experience.  

CPT work authorization or off-campus practicum is provided by an international student advisor (DSO) in International Student & Scholar Services.

CPT Requirements

  • Training relates directly to the student’s major field of study.
  • Training is an integral part of the school’s established curriculum.
  • Designated school official (DSO) authorizes CPT in SEVIS, and the authorization prints on the student’s I-20.
  • CPT can only be authorized before the student’s program end date on the I-20.
  • Authorization is for one specific employer and for a specific period of time.
  • Student must secure the training opportunity before CPT can be authorized.
  • CPT must be authorized before the student can begin work. Failing to obtain CPT approval before starting your CPT training experience will lead to immediate termination of your immigration record.
  • Student can have more than one CPT authorization at the same time.
  • One year of full-time CPT eliminates a student’s eligibility for OPT.

Application Process for CPT

Submit the following to ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu:

  1. Completed CPT Request Form signed by major academic or faculty advisor (form can be found at the bottom of this page)
  2. Job or internship offer on letterhead with start and end dates, hours per week and job description

An ISSS advisor will review the CPT request. If approved, you will receive an updated I-20 via email with the CPT work authorization or off-campus practicum provided on page 2.

Types of Curricular Practical Training at UO

Course Requirement CPT

You may be eligible for Course Requirement CPT if:

  • You have a mandatory internship course in your program.
  • You are enrolled in a credit-bearing elective that requires practical experience as part of the course.
  • The course in which you will be enrolled is during the same term of your employment.
Dissertation Research CPT

You may be eligible for Dissertation Research CPT if:

  • In order to write your dissertation, you need to collect data through an off-campus work experience.
  • You will be enrolled in dissertation prep hours for the entirety of your off-campus work experience (including summer, if applicable).
  • You are NOT in your final semester of study. (Dissertation prep CPT is not permitted during your final semester.)
Career Center Go Intern! Program CPT

You may be eligible for Career Center Go Intern! Program CPT if:

  • You have set up your internship opportunity with one of the Career Coaches in the Tykesen College
  • You must be registered for the Career Center Go Intern! Program by the Add/Drop date of classes each term.
  • Your employment opportunity is an internship or temporary job opportunity.
Degree Required CPT

You may be eligible for Degree Required CPT if you are enrolled in the following programs:

  • Industrial Internship Program
  • Sports Product Management
  • College of Education graduate programs
  • Electrochemistry Master's Internship Program

If you are enrolled in another program which requires the completion of a work experience in order to graduate from the program but does not have an internship or practicum course attached to the work experience, please contact an ISSS advisor to discuss your options.

 

CPT TYPE Description Evidence of Curricular Basis for CPT Eligibility Credits required Full time permitted? documents needed
Degree Required Degree program requires internship or fieldwork experience Internship included in degree requirements as described in program bulletin, catalog, or web site Student must be in the degree program Can be for credit or non-credit; depends on degree program requirement Depends on degree program's internship requirement Signed CPT form; job offer letter or contract
INTERNSHIP CREDITS (404 level course offered by academic department) Degree program offers internship course as an elective Course title and description indicates that the course is specifically for internship experience Internship should be relevant to student's major field of study Yes - must count toward overall degree requirements. Credits determined by major dept advisor; minimum 1 credit Case by case Signed CPT form; job offer letter or contract
INTERNSHIP CREDITS (CPSY 404, offered by Career Center) Career Center Go Intern! Program Internship proposal Internship should be relevant to student's major field of study Yes - CPSY 404 (or Academic Extension during summer) - must count toward overall degree requirements. Credits determined by Career Center and approved by major dept advisor Case by case Signed CPT form; job offer letter or contract; copy of Career Services proposal
ACADEMIC COURSE (not labeled as Internship Course) Academic course requires or permits internship experience to satisfy course requirement Syllabus indicates internship requirement / option for students taking the course Internship must be required or option for all students in course Yes - must count toward degree requirements. Credits determined by major dept advisor No (unless the course requires full-time internship experience) Signed CPT form; job offer letter or contract; syllabus for course
MASTER'S THESIS / FINAL PROJECT Internship is integral to completion of master's thesis (or equivalent, e.g., capstone) Letter from thesis advisor certifying that internship is integral to thesis Only for MA students with thesis requirement; must be at thesis stage Registration for MA thesis, capstone, or equivalent final project course Only after completion of all coursework requirements Signed CPT form; job offer letter or contract; letter from MA Thesis Advisor
DOCTORAL DISSERTATION Internship is integral to completion of dissertation (dissertation research) Letter from dissertation advisor certifying that student has advanced to candidacy and explaining how the internship is integral to dissertation research For PhD students who have advanced to candidacy (at dissertation stage) Registration for dissertation credits per Graduate School policy Only after completion of all coursework requirements (advanced to candidacy) Signed CPT form; job offer letter or contract; letter from dissertation advisor

 

Download CPT Request Form