CPT Special Considerations

Below are some special considerations for frequently asked questions:

  • Compensation is NOT a consideration when determining if an opportunity qualifies as CPT
  • CPT and employment CANNOT interfere with your requirement to make normal progress towards completing full course of study
  • CPT may be authorized for either PART Time or FULL Time
    • Part Time CPT is authorized for 20 hours a week or less
    • Full Time CPT is authorized for 21 hours a week or more (there is no maximum)
    • If 365 days of FULL Time CPT are used, OPT eligibility is lost
  • Full Time CPT participants may choose not to enroll in any additional courses or take less than a full course load for 1 semester per academic program
    • eligibility to be less than full time MUST be discussed with an ISSS advisor in advance
  • Required CPT may be authorized for 1 year at a time, IF the one year requirement is clearly stated by the program as a requirement for graduation
  • Transfer out of KSU ends your authorized CPT on the date of your SEVIS transfer
  • Some on-campus internships require CPT authorization (if you are receiving academic credit for the experience, you will likely require CPT)
Elective CPT (Internship or Co-op Course)
  • Elective CPT may be authorized for students in programs that do not have internships as a mandatory part of the curriculum for the purposes of graduating or completing the degree
  • Elective CPT is NOT permitted once you have met all of your program requirements -- You cannot delay graduation simply to participate in optional CPT
  • Elective CPT must be authorized for one semester at a time AND you must be enrolled in one of the following:
  • Elective CPT for graduate students may also be approved for CPT with thesis/dissertation courses. However, the practical training experience must be integral to the thesis or dissertation.
  • Semester dates for Elective CPT are:
  1. Spring: Jan. 1 - May 20
  2. Summer: May 21 - Aug 20
  3. Fall: Aug 21 - Dec 31

If you engage in practical training without authorization, you may be in violation of your immigration status. This could result in the loss of status.