Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular practical training (CPT) is employment which is an integral part of the established curriculum of academic program and which will be counted towards completion of your degree. CPT can also be a non-required course (that you are enrolled for) that is related to your field of study, in which you receive credit for work experience. For complete instructions and an application, review:
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT is off-campus employment authorization that lets F-1 students get work experience in their major field of study. The amount of work you are permitted is a maximum of 12 months of full-time employment for each higher educational level you pursue in the U.S. You can use it during or after your studies. You can work for any employer, anywhere in the country. For complete details, requirements and an application, download the OPT document:
Optional Practical Training Instructions & Application (PDF)
- As of November 23, 2010 the fee for the OPT application is $380.
Academic Advisor's Recommendation form
- Your academic advisor will complete this form to recommend your practical training employment.
- OPT Training Information for STEM Extension degrees (science, technology, engineering, math)
- Travel on OPT