Curricular Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a structured educational program which combines classroom learning with productive work experience in a field related to a student’s academic program. CPT is available to F-1 students who have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis in a U.S. university for at least one academic year. The work experience must be integral to your established curriculum.
- Lawfully enrolled full-time in a U.S. university for at least one academic year (two long semesters).
- Valid F-1 status.
- Good academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA for graduates, 2.0 GPA for undergraduates).
- Meet all CPT requirements of the UT Dallas Jonsson School Industrial Practice Program (all ECS students) or UT Dallas Career Center (all other students).
- Have not failed a previous CPT course.
- No incomplete grades.
- Have not completed your degree requirements.
Note: SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program) and Archer fellowships require CPT authorization. Green fellowships do not.
- Contact the appropriate internship office for introductory information
- Obtain a CPT Approval Letter.
- Submit that CPT Approval Letter and a CPT I-20 Request Form to the ISSO.
- The ISSO will send you an email when your CPT I-20 is ready for pickup. Processing time is one business day, and requests submitted after 4:00 PM will require an additional day.
- Pick up the CPT I-20. The authorization information is on page three of the I-20.
- You are not allowed to work until you have your CPT I-20 and the CPT beginning date has arrived.
- Your authorization is valid only for the dates and employer listed on the I-20. If your work dates change or you are asked to return for a second semester you must update your I-20 authorization before continuing.
- Part-time CPT requires full-time enrollment at school during any long semester or first semester in a new program.
- Full-time CPT that lasts at least 12 weeks is considered full-time enrollment for immigration purposes for one long semester per year. In the next long semester you will be required to carry a standard course-load unless approved for reduced enrollment by the ISSO based on another reason, such as a documented medical illness. Note: Check with your academic program to learn if there are additional enrollment limits.
- You can have only one CPT at a time.
- You cannot have a teaching or research assistantship (TA/RA) and a CPT at the same time. This is a UT Dallas Graduate School policy.
- As long as you are making normal progress toward the completion of your degree, there is no immigration limit on the number of CPTs taken. If you have more than 364 days of full-time CPT, however, you lose eligibility for OPT.
- Many UT Dallas academic departments limit the number of CPTs available to you. Check with the appropriate advisor in your area of study.
- You cannot have an on-campus job and a CPT at the same time unless they are related.