Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training

The application for Fall 2021 CPT is closed. We are now accepting applications for Spring 2022 CPT.

The earliest possible Spring 2022 CPT authorization start date is December 15th. Those students for whom Spring 2022 is your final semester, the latest possible CPT end date is May 7th, 2022. For those returning in the Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 terms, the latest possible CPT end date is May 17th, 2022.

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.
  • 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).