Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training

Fall 22 CPT

Full-time CPT requests: September 2

Part-time CPT requests: September 30

Extension requests: October 21 Note: Those students for whom Fall 2022 is your final semester, the latest possible CPT end date is December 17, 2022. For those returning in the Spring 2023 term, the latest possible CPT end date is January 8, 2023.

Spring 23 CPT

We will begin accepting Spring CPT applications on October 31, 2022. The earliest possible Spring 2022 CPT authorization start date is December 18, 2022. Those students for whom Spring 2022 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.


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: 

  • Friday October 14th, 2022 @ 2pm
  • Thursday October 20th, 2022 @ 10am
  • Tuesday October 25th, 2022 @ 1pm
  • Monday October 31st, 2022 @ 11am
  • Friday November 18th, 2022 @ 9am
  • Monday November 28th, 2022 @ 3:30pm
  • Thursday December 8th, 2022 @ 1pm

You can join these sessions through the following link:  https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/96721507835?pwd=VW5QMXhsMHdNN1ArcHZ6OG9FSnA2QT09. The session dates and Zoom link will also be posted on OIS’s CPT website


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).