Curricular/Optional Practical Training FAQs

Explore our frequently asked questions below:

Curricular Practical Training is a work authorization that permits international students with F-1 visa status the opportunity to gain practical experience and training by working off campus in a job in their field of study during the summer.

Optional Practical Training is a work authorization that permits international students with F-1 visa status the ability to work off campus after completion of degree.

No, only the dean of Registration Services can sign your CPT/OPT request form.

Yes, eligible students can use their summer internship under the guaranteed summer funding program for CPT.

Yes, as long as you do sufficient additional work to be worthy of the necessary credits as described in J.D. Rules 1.4.2 Legal Writing Requirement.

Yes, as long as you do sufficient additional work to be worthy of the necessary credits as described in J.D. Rules 1.4.6 Legal Writing Requirement.

No, CPT is only used for off-campus employment.

Yes, you will need to apply for CPT when doing an off-campus internship, even if your internship is unpaid.

During the Fall semester following the summer employment.

You should plan to submit your F-1 CPT request form along with your required documents for processing no fewer than 10 business days prior to the start of your employment.

Students with F-1 visa status have a five-month window in which to apply for post-completion OPT. You should plan to submit your F-1 OPT request form for processing as early as 90 days before the completion date of the degree (conferral date).