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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a temporary authorization that allows international students with an F-1 Visa to gain practical experience directly related to their major through employment, paid or unpaid internships. Students must register for a CPT-related course and be authorized by OIE prior to the start of any internship or academic learning experience. To receive authorization, CPT experiences must be directly related to a student's level and major field of study. The internship positions must be authorized by the ESU Office of International Education (OIE). 

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for CPT, you must:
  • Have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for at least a full academic year.
    Note: An exception exists for students in graduate studies whose programs require earlier training.
  • Be in lawful F-1 status
  • Have ESU approved health insurance
  • Have a job offer
  • Not be enrolled in an intensive English language training program
Duration of Employment​
  • Employment authorization may be given on a semester-by-semester or summer basis, depending on the academic department
  • CPT may be extended or renewed with advance approval
  • Generally, students are only allowed to part-time CPT (20 hours or less per week) during the Fall/Spring semesters and full-time(21-) CPT during the summer.
  • Students must continue to maintain a full-time academic course load during the period of employment
Processing Time
  • We suggest students begin looking for internships approximately six months in advance of their start date.
  • The Office of International Education will need up to two weeks to process the CPT request.
CPT application overview:
CPT Process

CPT PowerPoint can be downloaded here: CPT Presentation
CPT Application can be downloaded here:  CPT App Form.pdf

Once you have determined your eligibility for CPT, to learn the CPT application process and complete the CPT request:

Note: If you have already started a request, do not start a new request. Please go to your User Home Page to continue working on your request.