Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

CPT is alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, clerkship, or optional/required internship or practicum, available only while the student is in F-1 status, before completion of the educational objective. There are two CPT options: full-time (over 20 hours) and part-time (20 hours or less). Full-time CPT of one year (365 days) or more will cause you to become ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT); part-time CPT does not affect OPT eligibility. Please note that this includes any full-time internships or clerkships that are required by your program. Check your program requirements carefully prior to engaging in optional internships.

CPT Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have been enrolled full-time for at least one full academic year (fall and spring semesters).
  • Employment must be integral or relevant to the established curriculum.
  • Training that is required of all students or optional for that particular degree or track.
  • Register for the appropriate credits before applying for CPT; if the student cannot receive course/research credits for the work experience, then CPT cannot be authorized. See Registration Requirements below. Appropriate types of credits that can be assigned for CPT include Internship credits or Independent Study or Research credits (if internship credits are not available).
    • Caution about pairing an Online (or EDGE) course with CPT: Only up to 3 credits of Online (or EDGE) can count towards the full time registration requirement in any given semester. This is a federal regulation applicable to the F1 visa status and cannot be waived or amended (it is not a University of Florida regulation). Thus for a student wanting to pair a course with CPT when the internship will take place outside of Gainesville, the course registration must be arranged to ensure that only one Online (or EDGE) course will be taken concurrently with the CPT for that semester. Any other courses taken must be campus courses that contain a mandatory physical presence requirement. For internships taking place within Gainesville, when paired with additional courses, it is expected that the student will be able to register for campus courses that meet the mandatory physical presence requirement.
  • The International Student Advisor (ISA) will process the application for CPT. If approved, the student will be issued a new I-20 that shows the CPT employment authorization on the second page. The CPT is authorized for a specific employer, location and length of time. The student may only work on CPT for the employer and length of time authorized on the I-20.
    • Caution about internships that will span more than one semester in length: CPT may only be authorized for one semester at a time, after the registration period opens for the semester and the student is appropriately enrolled. Thus the student must follow up with his or her assigned ISA to obtain a timely CPT extension, once registration is in place for the following semester, and before the end date of the current CPT authorization period. If this is not done, the student may have a gap in the ability to work on CPT between semesters. 

CPT Registration Requirements

Registration requirements are indicated in the chart below. If engaging in part-time CPT in the fall and spring semesters, you must register for a full course load. If engaging in full-time CPT in the fall and spring semesters, you are limited to a maximum number of credits.

CPT Registration Requirements

Full-Time
CPT

Part-Time
CPT

Undergraduate
Students

Fall

Must register for at least 1 internship credit hour; may take an additional 3 credits

Must register for a full course load of which 1 credit must be CPT

Spring

Must register for at least 1 internship credit hour;  may take an additional 3 credits

Must register for a full course load of which 1 credit must be CPT

Summer

Must register for at least 1 internship credit hour;  may take additional credits  

Must register for at least 1 internship credit hour

Graduate
Students

Fall

Must register for 3 internship credit hours;  may take an additional 3 credits  

Must register for a full course load of which 1 credit must be CPT

Spring

Must register for 3 internship credit hours;  may take an additional 3 credits   

Must register for a full course load of which 1 credit must be CPT

Summer

Must register for 2 internship credit hours;  may take additional credits   

Must register for at least 2 internship credit hours

How to apply for CPT

You should make an appointment to meet with your ISA at the International Center prior to engaging in the internship, clerkship, or practicum. Please bring the following documents with you for your appointment:

  • CPT Application Form
  • CPT Department Recommendation Form
  • Internship Offer Letter - In order to apply for the CPT, the offer letter from the prospective employer must:
    • be on employer letterhead, signed and dated by your supervisor/HR representative
      • If you do not already have an SSN, the local SSN office requires that the offer letter be ORIGINAL, not electronic/copy; if you already have an SSN, the UFIC does not require an original letter
    • include the EIN number of the employer
      • If you do not already have an SSN, the local SSN office requires the EIN number on the offer letter; if you already have an SSN, the UFIC does not require the EIN number
    • include current date
    • include your Given and Family/Surname
    • provide your position/job title
    • provide the start date and end date of the internship
    • state the number of hours you are expected to work per week
    • provide the exact physical address (street, suite # if any, city, state, and zip/postal code) of where you will be working
    • provide a general description of your duties (3-5 sentences or bullet points, for example; if the company does not include the duties in the offer letter, an addendum to the offer letter must be provided)
    • include your supervisor’s name, title, and telephone number

You may begin CPT only after receiving your new I-20 with the CPT Employment Authorization from your ISA. If all documents are in order and registration for CPT is completed, the CPT will be authorized during your appointment. No additional employment authorization is required from United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) for CPT. If you also need to apply for an SSN number, you should advise your ISA during your CPT appointment. You will then be provided with the UFIC SSN application letter. If you have any questions regarding any type of practical training, please contact your ISA. For more information, please visit:

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