Definition

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. Students who have received one year or more of full-time curricular practical training are ineligible for post-completion practical training—part-time CPT has no effect on your eligibility for OPT. (from 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i))

Eligibility

To be eligible for Curricular Practical Training, an F-1 student must continue to make reasonable progress toward degree completion, AND satisfy one of the following requirements:

  1. The internship, practicum, or field placement/study is a requirement for the degree program and confer course credit. Student may work for the length of time that the curriculum requires for the degree. Full-time Curricular Practical Training is allowed during regular semesters under this criterion. Required CPT is defined as training/employment which is required of all degree candidates in the program and is necessary for the awarding of the degree. This requirement must be formally documented in the WVU catalog.
  2. An F-1 student is required to have completed one academic year of studies to qualify under this criterion. The internship, practicum, or field placement/study is an integral part of the degree program and confers course credit, but is not a requirement of the degree program. Part-time (up to 20 hours per week) curricular practical training is allowed during regular semesters under this criteria. Full-time training is allowed only during vacation periods, such as summer vacation.

Curricular Practical Training is NOT intended as a way to begin a job before OPT is approved. It is your responsibility to reasonably expect that you will have permission to work by the time you are to begin employment. If you have completed your courses and the necessary research for your thesis or dissertation, you are not eligible for CPT.  

REMEMBER:

You MUST be registered for a related course throughout your CPT.

The total employment hours (on and off campus combined) may not exceed 20 hours per week while school is in session.

You may not engage in CPT prior to receiving an updated I-20 with your CPT employment authorization annotated.

Application Steps

Please allow for 5 business days (from the date we receive a complete and correct request) for us to process your CPT request. To be sure that you receive CPT authorization in a timely manner, you should apply at least two (2) weeks before your employment is to begin, submit your employment offer letter from your employer, Intent to Engage in CPT Form, and a CPT Recommendation Form from your Academic Advisor or Department Chair, on department letterhead, to International Students & Scholars Services.    

Faculty & Staff Authorized to Sign CPT Recommendations

NOTE: International Students & Scholars Services will review each case submitted and determine the merit of each case. Please allow for 5 business days (from the date we receive a complete and correct) for us to process a request for CPT. You may choose to speak to one of the international student advisors at ISSS to pre-determine your eligibility before submitting your documents. CPT is approved by ISSS. Please remember that.