College of the Extended University

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Overview

"An F-1 student may be authorized by an International Student Advisor to participate in a curricular practical training program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(F)(10)(i)".

The International Center will determine the eligiblity on a case by case basis.

Eligibility

  • Completion of an academic year in valid F-1 visa status and in good academic
  • Completion of one full academic year for graduate and undergraduate coursework at Cal Poly
  • Support from an Academic Advisor or Internship Coordinator in the student’s academic department.

How to Apply

  1. Download the CPT form
  2. Get signature from Academic Department on CPT form
  3. Bring the completed CPT form to the International Center and meet with an International Center Advisor.
  4. Pick up the endorsed CPT I-20 and begin the new job.

*Students cannot begin employment until they have CPT authorization.

**CPT is only available for the dates requested on the form.

***Each CPT request is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Forms