F-1 Curricular Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a temporary employment authorization for students maintaining valid F-1 visa status. CPT allows eligible students to take part in paid or unpaid off-campus training, such as internships.
The internship must be an integral part of the student’s curriculum and directly related to the student’s declared major.
Students should meet with Aura Moreno in DavisConnects upon identifying training opportunities to discuss their eligibility for CPT.
CPT Eligibility Standards:
- Maintained a valid F-1 status
- Completed one full academic year
- Declared a major directly related
- Enrolled in a full-time course load the semester following this internship
- Chosen to pursue academic credit on your transcript for this internship
To apply for CPT authorization, students must first register their internship for academic credit and then complete the CPT application, including obtaining signatures from a faculty sponsor, their employer, and the registrar.
Please apply at least two weeks prior to the requested CPT start date.
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