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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

What is CPT?

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an employment option available to F-1 students to engage in off-campus employment directly related to their field of study during their studies.

A student must be authorized by the International Student Advisor and obtain the new I-20 with CPT Authorization on page two prior to beginning any employment. CPT must be an integral part of the established major curriculum and directly related to a student's level and major field of study. CPT is available only to students that have been in F-1 status for at least one academic year.

At UT, this means you need to earn course credit for your employment, or it must be a required part of your degree program (listed as required in the course catalog). Employment on CPT may include internships (paid or unpaid), practicums, or any other pre-approved work experience.

CPT can be used during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Students must reapply for each semester they wish to participate in CPT.

CPT Application Process
  1. Check eligibility with International Programs Office
  2. Receive offer letter for internship. You can search for internships on Handshake.
  3. Apply for credit approval in the Office of Career Services (email Molly Butters at to apply)
  4. Complete credit approval process (Career Services, Employer, Faculty)
  5. Complete CPT application online. You can apply for authorization for CPT employment authorization by clicking on "Forms/Requests" link on the left side panel of this page. Under "F-1 Employment Requests" click "Curricular Practical Training (CPT)".
  6. Academic Advisor receives automatic email and confirms academic nature of work experience.
  7. International Student Advisor processing
  8. Receive e-mail from IPO to pick up I-20 with CPT authorization
  9. Start employment only after receiving I-20 with CPT authorization and on or after the CPT start date listed on page two of your I-20