Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Federal regulations at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i) define Curricular Practical Training (CPT), as “alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship/practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” A CGE international student advisor can authorize CPT for a program “that is an integral part of an established curriculum.”

F-1 Students should apply for authorization for unpaid or paid internships or similar opportunities.

If you hold F-1 non-immigrant status and have an opportunity for an internship, practicum, research, or field study that is integral to your academic program and for which you will earn academic credit, you may be eligible for CPT authorization. If you have an employment opportunity that is directly related to your major field of study but is not curricular, does not carry appropriate credit, or is not offered by a sponsoring employer through the FSU Career Center, the employment is optional, not curricular, and requires authorization through Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information about OPT, please see here: OPT Post Completion Form.

Prior to requesting authorization for CPT, read ALL of the following information.

CPT Requirements

  • CPT must be directly related to your field of study
  • You must have completed at least two semesters of full-time enrollment. (Exception: graduate students in programs that require immediate internship/practicum/coop/work experience.)
  • You must have authorization for CPT from the CGE BEFORE STARTING an internship/practicum/coop or other work experience that qualifies as CPT. Employment without authorization may result in termination of your SEVIS record and ineligibility for employment
  • Employment must not exceed 20 hours/week during the fall or spring semesters unless it is required for graduation or part of an established cooperative education program. If you have on-campus employment, on-campus employment and CPT combined cannot be more than 20 hours/week, in most cases
  • Employment cannot result in a delay in completion of your degree


  • If your department offers internship credit, you must enroll in your department’s internship course to qualify for CPT (not the Career Center’s Experiential Recognition Program course).The CGE will not authorize CPT for more than the number of internship credits accepted by your department
  • If you engage in full-time CPT for more than 20 hours/week for one year or more, you are no longer eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Part-time CPT authorization does not affect OPT eligibility
  • Your enrollment for internship credit must be in the semester/term in which you work
  • If your department offers 0 credit internships, you may enroll in the 0 credit course for a maximum of two times, for no longer than one semester each time
  • If your department does not offer an internship course, you may enroll in the Career Center’s ERP course. The CGE will authorize CPT employment through the ERP for a maximum of two times and for no longer than one semester at a time. The ERP course is available for graduate and undergraduate students during fall, spring or summer. You must receive approval from the CGE before enrolling in the ERP. For more information on ERP, please visit:
  • If you have advanced to candidacy (or completed all your coursework) and your dissertation/thesis is the only requirement remaining in your curriculum, you may only obtain authorization for CPT if the work is essential for completion of your dissertation/thesis. If IRB approval is necessary for your dissertation/thesis research, you must also have IRB approval for the CPT work authorized as essential for your dissertation/thesis

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