What is CPT?
Curricular Practical Training
(CPT) is temporary authorization for off-campus practical training directly related to your major field of study for F-1 students.
"Practical training" can include employment, internship experience, or practicum participation. You can apply for CPT during the regular academic year as a full-time student.
CPT may be part-time (20 hours per week or less) or full-time (more than 20 hours per week). If you accumulate 12 months of full-time CPT authorization, you lose your eligibility for Optional Practical Training
(OPT), another type of employment authorization for F-1 students.
You are eligible for CPT if you:
- Are currently in valid F-1 status.
- Have been enrolled at Illinois College on a full-time basis for at least one full academic year - two full-time semesters.
- Have declared a major. CPT cannot be authorized based on a minor.
- Will earn your degree from Illinois College. Visiting exchange students are not eligible for CPT.
You may request authorization for CPT to participate in practical training that is integral to your major. Therefore, you must receive academic credit for the internship or practicum through your major academic department in order to authorize CPT.