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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT):

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of work authorization for training, which is directly related to the student’s major area of study.

  • The WUST Curricular Practical Training (“CPT”) Policies and Procedures are in full compliance with the regulations propagated by the USCIS. Qualified students may participate in CPT while taking their full-time academic course load. Students who participate in CPT will earn 1 credit after they complete it. However, CPT or the CPT credit is not required to graduate. The CPT Policies and Procedures apply only to F-1 students, who have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis.

  • CPT opportunities are available to F-1 students (graduate and undergraduate). However, CPT will only be authorized for students who have a valid, verifiable externship offer specific to their program of studies.


Student Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be maintaining F-1 Status in the USA for at least one full academic year (3 quarters) at the time of application.

  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate).

  • Be enrolled for a full course of study while engaged in CPT.

CPT Approval:

  • CPT from 2023 will be approved for up to three quarters or for the whole duration of the job, whichever is shorter.

  • There will be a one-time CPT evaluation and approval fee of $420. A fee of $75  for each CPT job renewal or change will also be assessed.

  • Processing time will take 3 to 4 business days.

Application Checklist:

1. Job offer letter with responsibility listed.

2. Completed Cooperative Education Agreement.

3. A letter of recommendation from the Academic Department.

4. Supporting documents if needed.

Upload your documents using this form here:

Submit the completed CPT application form, with all the required signatures before the given deadline (before the beginning of the quarter).


During your meeting with an advisor, your application for CPT will be reviewed. If it is approved, you will receive a new I-20 with your internship details printed on the second page. You are not authorized to start employment without prior approval from DSO.

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