Curricular Practical Training (CPT) | Office of Global Education | Kent State University
CPT Overview

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a benefit of the F-1 visa student status, which requires prior authorization from the ISSS office. This opportunity may allow international students to engage in practical training during the course of their program.

According to 8CFRSEC.214.2(f)(10)(i) Curricular Practical Training (CPT) must be "an integral part of an established curriculum." Practical training is "alternate work/study, internship, co-operative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school."

  • No matter if the work is voluntary or paid, the student MUST be approved for CPT BEFORE they begin working.
CPT Eligibility

You are eligible for CPT if:

  1. You are in valid F-1 status at the time of application and have been in full-time status on the same SEVIS record for 1 academic year preceding the CPT application.
  2. You abide by all rules surrounding full-time course registration while on CPT.
  3. You have NOT completed all of the coursework and requirements for your program
  4. The CPT experience is either
    • satisfying a program requirement placed on ALL students, or
    • optional, meaning you will register for coursework in your program of study in the concurrent semester to represent the CPT experience (example: an internship or independent study credit).
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
  • Optional CPT is NOT permitted once you have met all of your program requirements -- You cannot delay graduation simply to participate in optional CPT
  • Optional CPT must be authorized for one semester at a time AND you must be receiving credit for your major in the semester the CPT is authorized
  • Semester dates for OPTIONAL CPT are below
  1. Spring: Jan. 1 - May 20
  2. Summer: May 21 - Aug 20
  3. Fall: Aug 21 - Dec 31
  • 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)

If you engage in practical training without authorization, you must be terminated.

CPT Application

Step 1. Meet with an ISSS advisor to discuss your interest in CPT

Step 2. Click on the button below to submit your CPT request. You will need to include:

  • Your academic advisor's name and email
  • Copy of your offer letter on official company letterhead that MUST have the following information: 
    • address of where you will be working
    • number of hours per week you will be working
    • start date
    • end date
    • brief description of your duties

Step 3. Once you submit your request, your academic advisor will receive an email to complete the "CPT Advisor Recommendation"

Step 4. Once the CPT Advisor Recommendation has been submitted, you will receive an email indicating the outcome of your request within 10 business days.

Step 5. If you have been approved, you MUST pick up your new I-20 authorizing you for CPT. The CPT authorization will appear on the top of page 2.

Step 6. Check that your CPT information on page 2 of your I-20 is correct.