Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) permits F-1 visa holders to work in an area that relates to their major and the experience must be part of their program of study. A designated school official may authorize CPT during your first semester if your program requires this type of experience. The official will provide you with a new Form I-20 that shows that the CPT request has been approved. Please note, if you have used 12 months or more of full-time CPT, you will become ineligible for OPT.

  • Part-time CPT – Up to 20 hours while school is in session
  • Full-time CPT – Up to 40 hours when school is not in session
  • CPT requires a signed cooperative agreement and an offer letter from an employer

Contact us for questions and/or meetings concerning Curricular Practical Training.


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Office of International Students and Scholars
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International Center, 3rd FL
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Kingston, RI, 02881
Phone: 401.874.2395

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