What is Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
The Immigration Service defines “curricular practical training” as employment which is an integral part of your curriculum, including “…alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.”
At the University of Bridgeport, the terms “co-op”, “internship”, and “field experience” are used to describe opportunities for Curricular Practical Training.
What types of jobs qualify for CPT (both paid and unpaid)?
To be considered for CPT, the work must be directly related to your current major field of study AND must also be an integral part of your studies. Your training must satisfy one of the following conditions:
- It is required of all students by your degree program.
- It is required for a particular course or curricular track. For instance, internship is one of the options offered to MBA students to complete degree requirements. This internship meets the requirement of CPT if you choose it for degree completion.
- It is Cooperative Education offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.
- The training is “an integral part of an established curriculum”
- You are maintaining lawful F-1 status
- You have been enrolled on a full-time basis for one full academic year (full Spring and Fall semesters)
- You will continue to be enrolled for a full course of study during the CPT
- You meet all academic criteria set by your academic department
Students enrolled in UB’s English Language Institute are NOT eligible for CPT.
For more information about F-1 CPT, visit International Student Services CPT Section