DEFINITION: Curricular Practical Training, or CPT, is off-campus training that occurs prior to graduation.
- The student has been “in lawful status” for at least one (1) academic year, unless the student is in a graduate program that requires an internship earlier.
- In addition, CPT may be approved only if the following conditions are met:
- The Practical training is directly related to students major AND the training is completing a specific graduation requirement
- The Practical training is directly related to students major AND academic credit can be awarded for the training (Student must be registered for the course(s) at all times during the period of authorized CPT).
Students with an F-1 visa may NOT work as waitresses, bar tenders, cashiers, or in other positions that are not required by a degree program.
PLEASE consider that CPT can impact OPT(Optional Practical Training):
CPT may be part-time or full-time. Completing full-time CPT (21 or more hours per week) before graduation will shorten your OPT time after graduation. CPT that is 20 hours per week or less is not counted toward the one calendar year.
Students approved for CPT may work full time for a maximum of one year. In other words, the number of weeks of full-time training before graduation (21+hours/week CPT) PLUS the number of weeks of full-time or part-time training after graduation (OPT) may not exceed one calendar year.
1. Make sure you understand how restrictive CPT is please contact email@example.com if you have any questions
2. Search for an Internship or Practicum
Students with an F-1 student visa may begin searching for an internship or practicum just prior to meeting the requirement of being “in lawful status” for at least one (1) academic year (or earlier, if the student is in a graduate program that requires an earlier internship). Students may begin the search by:
- Logging in to Titan Jobs (on-line UW Oshkosh student job search system)
- Reviewing resources on the UW Oshkosh Career Services web site.
- Reviewing resources on the UW Oshkosh web site for the student’s major.
- Networking with students in student organizations related to the student’s major.
- Discussing internship options with academic and faculty advisors.
3. Apply for an Internship or Practicum
Students with an F-1 student visa will compete with other UW Oshkosh students and with other students in the Oshkosh community for internship and practicum opportunities. Be prepared! To apply for a job, you will probably be asked, at a minimum,
- To submit a job application, available from the employer;
- To submit a resume;
- To submit a cover letter explaining your skills & experiences;
- To submit a list of references and/or letters of recommendation;
- To interview.
To prepare your application properly, make an appointment with a UW Oshkosh Career Advisor or with your faculty advisor.
4. Apply for CPT AFTER Receiving an Internship or Practicum Offer
Students with an F-1 student visa must have a job offer before applying for CPT. You may NOT apply for CPT unless you have an Employment Letter with a specific employment start date.
To apply for CPT:
1. Pick up a "Request for Employment" form letter from the OIE and share it with your employer.
Your employer must an Original Letter to our office (UW Oshkosh, Office of International Education, Dempsey 202, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901) and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing ALL of the following information:
- Title of circular practical training;
- CPT start date;
- CPT end date;
- number of hours of work per week;
- Location of practical training;
- Supervisors name;
- CPT provider’s address, including street, city, state, zip code;
- brief description of focus of the training (must be directly related to your major).
You are legal to start your CPT and any position related training only AFTER you have received your updated I-20; therefore, you must have the updated I-20 before your effective CPT start date.
2. Complete the Office of International Education CPT Application Form. Your faculty advisor has to confirm your ELIGIBILITY for CPT as listed above
3. After receiving your CPT Application Form, the Office of International Education will determine whether the employment can be approved. If your employment gets approved, OIE will update your SEVIS record and your I-20.