Curricular Practical Training

Curricular practical training (CPT) is 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 a school. CPT employment is only available to you when it is required by your degree program and is an integral part of an established curriculum. CPT employment can be paid or unpaid.

You must obtain approval from the Center for Global Health before engaging in CPT employment. Once you have completed 12 months of full-time CPT, you will be ineligible for optional practical training (OPT). Refer to the CPT Guide (PDF) for more information.

To request CPT authorization, submit the CPT application through your Terra Dotta portal. Your completed CPT application must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance of your requested CPT start date.

If your CPT application is approved, a new Form I-20 will be issued for you showing the appropriate CPT authorization. The Form I-20 will be mailed to you at your home address, so be sure your address is correct in Terra Dotta. You are not permitted to begin your CPT opportunity until you have received the new Form I-20 with the CPT authorization.