Office of Global Citizenship

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an employment authorization available to F-1 students for work experience that is considered an integral part of a student's curriculum or academic program. In practice, this means that a student must be participating in an internship, co-op, or practicum either as part of a program requirement or for academic credit.  

Specifically, the Code of Federal Regulations states: An F-1 student may be authorized by the DSO to participate in a curricular practical training program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)-(12)

CPT may be full-time (40 hours/week) or part-time (20 hours or less/week), and it may be paid or unpaid. For more information on CPT, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Requirements for CPT
  1. Students must be in legal F-1 immigration status.
  2. Students must have completed at least one academic year of full-time study. This is waived if CPT is required immediately for a graduate student's degree program.
  3. Students must have an offer of employment from a sponsoring employer with a cooperative agreement with Sewanee.
  4. Students must earn academic credit for the internship experience, either through an existing course, practicum, research course, independent study, or internship course. Please note that additional courses may incur extra tuition or fees.
  5. Students must be considered full-time enrolled in a program of study through SEVP. You can not do CPT after graduation.
  6. Students must be authorized by the International Student Advisor to participate in CPT. The International Student Advisor determines, on a case-by-case basis, if the employment complies with federal regulations. Upon authorization, students will receive a new I-20 and may only begin work after they have received their new I-20 with CPT authorization.

To apply for CPT: 

  1. Secure a job offer
  2. Complete the CPT Application Packet‌ in consultation with your Academic Advisor
  3. Return the following documents to the Office of Global Citizenship:
    CPT Request Form
    Offer of Employment - Must include (1) Work objectives, (2) Number of work hours each week, (3) Start and end date of employment, (4) Employer’s address, (5) Supervisor’s name
    Copy of Banner Course Registration Screen for Semester of CPT
  4. If approved, receive new I-20 with CPT authorization
  5. Begin work 

If you have any questions about CPT, please contact the International Student Advisor, Andrea Del Balso