Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training

Spring 23 CPT

Full-time CPT requests: January 23, 2023

Part-time CPT requests: February 20, 2023

Extensions for Spring: March 10, 2023

The earliest possible Spring 2023 CPT authorization start date is December 18, 2022. Those students for whom Spring 2023 is your final semester, the latest possible CPT end date is May 6, 2023. For those continuing after Spring semester, the latest possible CPT end date is May 16, 2023.

Summer 23 CPT

The application for Summer CPT will open on March 15th, 2023


CPT Intro Session: This 30 minute video goes over all the basics of CPT and highlights the process that you will follow when applying for CPT.


CPT Q&A Sessions: OIS will be offering several CPT Q&A sessions throughout the Fall 2022 semester. During this Q&A sessions participants are invited to ask their CPT related questions through a group chat function, and the advisor will talk through these questions with everyone in virtual attendance. All participants will be able to hear each question, so if you have a lengthy question or a question of a personal nature, please make an appointment with your advisor. Please note that the Q&A sessions are optional and there is no set presentation; the Q&A sessions just provide an opportunity for students to talk with OIS advisors about any general CPT questions they may have. The CPT Q&A sessions do not require registration. 

Dates for the CPT Q&A sessions are as follows: 

  • Spring CPT Q&A dates coming soon!

You can join these sessions through the following link:  https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/96721507835?pwd=VW5QMXhsMHdNN1ArcHZ6OG9FSnA2QT09.


Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of employment authorization for students in F-1 status that allows students to engage in off-campus employment* in their field of study when it is a required component of their curriculum, integral to their thesis or dissertation research (e.g., collecting data or testing hypotheses in a real world industry environment), or part of a co-operative education program in their field of study. Many students do not engage in CPT during their studies, but many others do take advantage of this benefit. Please note, CPT is a benefit of the F-1 visa status, not a right, as you are here to be a full-time student and not to work. CPT requires accompanying enrollment (which is why it is called Curricular Practical Training), which at NC State University is accomplished through co-op enrollment (COP 500 or COP 501), enrollment in research credits if basing CPT on thesis/dissertation, or enrollment in an internship course if the CPT is a required component for all students in the curriculum.

Please Note:

  • Part-time Co-op is not available to undergraduate students during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Full-time CPT is only an option for graduate students during the Fall and Spring semesters if it is required for a thesis or dissertation or if it is a degree requirement. If the CPT is authorized as a Co-op during the Fall or Spring semesters, it is limited to part-time for graduate students.
  • CPT cannot be authorized for positions under a 1099 independent contractor arrangement.
  • CPT internships should be of at least 6 weeks duration.
  • CPT is authorized on a semester-by-semester basis: each semester of CPT requires a new complete application.
  • For questions about doing CPT elsewhere in the U.S. along with online classes, please refer to our answer on OIS’s FAQ Page 

If you have questions, please first take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page on CPT. When you are ready to apply, please visit our How to Apply for CPT webpage (or follow the link in the left hand navigation column).