International Student Services

Curricular Practical Training

Definition of "Curricular Practical Training"

The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) defines Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as employment, which is an integral part of an established curriculum. CPT is available only prior to the completion of your degree program and you must have a job offer at the time of application.

There are two types of CPT:

  • Required part of program. The program requires employment in your field of study to graduate.
  • Non-required part of the program. The practical experience is for credit and directly related to your field of study. You must be enrolled for the course while engaging in this type of CPT.

Student Eligibility Requirements

To apply, USCIS requirements states that you must:

  • Have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for at least two consecutive terms
  • Be in lawful F-1 status at the time of applying for CPT
  • Have a job offer

Part-time CPT

  • Part-time CPT: Employment for 20 hours or less per week is considered “part-time” CPT. Though there is no limitation upon the length of time you may participate in part-time CPT, you must be simultaneously enrolled full-time in order to maintain lawful F-1 status.

Procedures for Application

Contact the International Student Services Coordinator at Lehman College in Shuster Hall, Room 210. Call 718 960-7274 to set up an appointment.

Last modified: Mar 29, 2012

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