Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a benefit of the F visa status that is meant to serve as a continuation of the student’s program of study in a work environment.

Use the below button to access ISSDeacs. First login, and then go to tab 3 to find the CPT application.

ISS is requiring all students who wish to participate in CPT to attend one of our CPT Informational Sessions. Sign up for a session here.


CPT Application Process

Approval for CPT is granted by ISS (Immigration Services and Support).

Step 1: Obtain an offer of employment. Make sure the offer letter is signed on official letterhead from the employer. Submit your letter and supplemental documentation by uploading them in the online application (e.g. emails from your recruiter, printout of original job description from employer or application website).

The letter and supplemental documentation must contain the following:

Step 2:  Meet with your academic advisor prior to requesting the CPT Recommendation, a requirement of the CPT Application. In order for your application to be processed by ISS the advisor must confirm that the proposed employment is integral to your course of study and that course credit will be earned upon successful completion of the curricular training (or that an internship component is required for all students pursuing the degree).

Step 3: Once the application is reviewed, processed, and approved by ISS an updated I-20 form will be issued page 2 of the new I-20 will include:

Note: ISS will not process your request until your student schedule reflects course registration and all required information is included in your application.

Additional Considerations

CPT Dates

An F-1 student wishing to participate in a CPT experience must acquire an internship that is 6 weeks or more. 

This will allow: 

CPT Employer

CPT allows for an F-1 student to pursue off-campus employment with a designated employer. The employer’s name and address will be printed on page 2 of the Form I-20.

Changing Employers

An F-1 student is allowed to change employers during the course of the CPT period, but the new employer and approved employment dates must be designated on the I-20.

A new CPT application (see below for application requirements) is required to change employers. Justification will need to be provided by both the student’s academic advisor as to how the new opportunity better enables the student to gain practical experience in their field of study.

Part-Time vs. Full-Time CPT



Enrollment Requirement