Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorizes F-1 students to work through an internship or co-op course or as a required part of their degree program (i.e. practicum hours). While the policies for CPT vary widely across campuses, in all cases the training experience must be an integral part of an established curriculum and directly related to the student’s major area of study. If otherwise eligible, students may use up to one year of full-time CPT per degree level before it impacts their eligibility for Optional Practical Training. Students obtain their CPT authorization directly from the school.
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