Curricular (CPT) / Optional (OPT) Practical Training

International students on F-1 VISAs who have secured an offer from a company to work during the summer or academic year are eligible to do so with College approval in one of two ways.

Optional Practical Training

  • Optional Practical Training (OPT): applied for well in advance of the summer internship and requires College Office approval in order to begin the process with ISSS and USCIS. USCIS approval normally takes up to 90 days.

Curricular Practical Training

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT): the work must be “directly related to the major and an integral part of an established curriculum” and requires approval by the College Office, faculty and Undergraduate Chair of the relevant department.

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