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California State University, Fullerton

Curricular Practical Training For F-1 Students Only

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of off-campus work authorization which permits eligible F1 international students to engage in paid or unpaid employment which "is an integral part of the established curriculum." Employment includes alternate work/study internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum.

Internship must be an integral part of the curriculum still in progress and must be required by the academic program
Employment not required by the student's program must earn course credit.
Earning academic credit for the CPT authorization requires that a student register for a course.
CPT must fulfill a specific academic objective.
The enrollment should occur during the semester in which the employment begins simultaneously. Otherwise, the student is violating the CPT regulations and will jeopardize his or her immigration status.

If an employment opportunity is solely sought because it is beneficial, relevant, or excellent professional/personal experience, it does NOT qualify for CPT. Student must seek advisement regarding eligibility for other off-campus work permits.

Caution: If you work a cumulative total of 12 months of full-time Curricular Practical Training (CPT), you will not be eligible to apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Employer Specific Authorization
CPT is an employer specific work authorization. You are ONLY authorized to engage in employment as listed on your I-20. If a change in internship employment occurs before the beginning of the internship start date, then you MUST immediately notify International Office and CICE office and re-submit all required Internship/CPT application with an academic advisor's approval and a letter from a new internship employer.


Part-Time vs. Full-Time CPT

Application Procedure for Internships

Revised — June 2016

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