Curricular practical training (CPT) is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. CPT is not supplemental training experience, but rather an integral part of an established curriculum.

CPT must:

  • Be in your field of study
  • Be integral or required for your degree.
  • Be registered for course credit (talk to your academic advisor to see if you are eligible)
  • Last no longer than one quarter


You can apply and receive CPT more than once as long as you are academically eligible.

CPT is required for:

  • Unpaid employment or internships
  • Paid employment or internships
  • Fieldwork

CPT offer letter requirements:

  • You will need a signed offer letter on the company’s letterhead that states the following:
    • The site address you will be working.
    • Your start and end dates that must not pre-date or exceed the current quarter.
    • Hours/week.
    • A detailed description of your duties.


An offer of employment or work contract is not the same as a CPT offer letter. Start/end dates and purpose of the training must align with the curricular requirement.


Always discuss off-campus opportunities with ISS even if they are offered by your course or professor. Working without authorization is considered a serious violation of your F-1 status. Please do not assume you are “volunteering”.


You can apply for CPT at https://iss.uwb.edu/.

Apply in advance! CPT Authorization cannot be backdated and can take 3 -5 business days to process. If you are an undergraduate student, you must have declared your major to apply.

Additional Resources

Workshop Calendar

Come to the CPT information session!

ISS will share information to help you through the application process, and answer your questions.

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