Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT, which stands for Curricular Practical Training, is a federally-organized employment authorization program for currently enrolled F-1 students. Should CPT be granted, students are eligible to work off-campus in positions which give them practical training directly in and related to their major field of study. As it is curricular, CPT must be completed for credit as part of an internship or cooperative education (co-op) program.
Such employment is limited to twenty (20) hours per week during fall and spring semesters. Full-time employment is possible during any scheduled academic breaks (e.g. spring break), and during the summer months.
To be eligible for CPT, a student must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be enrolled as an F-1 student at HPU for one full academic year;
- Be enrolled in a degree program;
- Have no holds on student accounts (e.g. tuition balance, no medical insurance, library fines);
- Complete and pass Writing 1100;
- Complete at least twelve (12) semester hours of credit in college courses numbered 1000 or above;
- For graduate students, complete at least nine (9) semester hours of credit in courses 6100 or above;
- Possess a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 for co-op, or 2.7 for internship.
- For graduate students, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
In addition, curricular practical training is available only to students who who have room left in their degree plan. Students whose unrestricted electives are already fulfilled will need to meet with a Career Counselor to assess the value of the employment offer. A general petition will be drafted, signed, and completed by International Student Services, the Career Services Center, and the student's respective academic advisor and academic dean. This is necessary to verify to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service that the work constitutes an invaluable experience that will help the student once he/she returns to their home country.
To begin the process of applying for CPT, the student should schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor (ISA). The ISA will let the student know whether or not they are currently eligible based on their immigration status and explain regulations associated with CPT.
Students should bring the following to the appointment with the ISA:
- Current I-20 document
- Current passport
- Student visa
- Form I-94
If the student is determined to be eligible based on immigration status, the student should follow the steps outlined in the "Steps to CPT Authorization Document" provided by the Career Services Center, which can be found here.
Students who switch employers or who require an extension of their CPT should meet with their Career Counselor to submit a new application.