Optional and Curricular Practical Training

Optional practical training (OPT) is defined as "temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student's major area of study." A student who is maintaining valid F-1 status may apply for OPT to pursue off-campus employment for one year following completion of degree.

F-1 students who require off-campus work authorization to complete an internship, field work, or other required part of their curriculum may be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). The work must be directly related to the degree program, and must be required by the program or part of a course.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment authorization that an F-1 visa student can request in order to gain practical experience in their field of study. 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization for paid or unpaid off-campus employment that is an integral part of the established curriculum. CPT is available during (not after) a course/program of study and must be authorized for a specific employer. 

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