Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training

All CPT applications are to be submitted via the Virtual CPT Application Submission Center

The Fall 2020 CPT application window is closed.

We are now accepting Spring 2021 CPT applications. The deadline for FULL-time requests is February 1st. For PART-time requests the deadline is March 26th.

The earliest possible Spring 2021 CPT authorization start date is December 5th. Those students for whom Spring 2021 is your FINAL semester, the latest possible CPT end date is May 15th. For those returning in the Fall 2021 term, the latest possible CPT end date will be determined following the University’s Summer 2021 academic calendar announcement.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of employment authorization for students in F-1 status who wish or need to engage in off-campus employment* in their field of study when it is a required component of their curriculum, is 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. CPT is a benefit of the F-1 visa status, not a right. CPT at NC State University is accomplished in conjunction with Co-op enrollment, 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.  CPT is authorized on a semester-by-semester basis: each semester of CPT requires a new complete application.

Please Note:

  • Part-time Co-op is not available to undergraduate students during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • CPT cannot be authorized for positions under a 1099 independent contractor arrangement.
  • CPT internships should be of at least 6 weeks duration.
  • 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.