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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is designed to provide eligible students with an opportunity to gain actual employment experience that is “an integral part of an established curriculum” through internships, cooperative education and other similar employment opportunities. 

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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

On July 3 the Department of Homeland Security shared a fact sheet on its Study in the States blog about curricular practical training (CPT) for F-1 students. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) fact sheet provides additional clarification on CPT participation, including the statement that CPT accommodates individuals enrolled in a program of study that requires participation in an internship or practicum. It is not a supplemental training experience but rather an integral part of an established curriculum meaning it is a required part of the degree or program of study.  

The current curricula for Franklin University degree programs available to F-1 students offer internships as elective courses rather than as a required part of the degree. Elective courses do not meet the minimum standard for CPT authorization as clarified by the SEVP fact sheet. Beginning in the Fall 2019 term, therefore, Franklin University will no longer authorize CPT for F-1 student internships.     

If you are an F-1 student who would like to gain experience in your field prior to graduation, you may be eligible to apply for pre-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). Please schedule an appointment with your international student advisor if you wish to discuss this option.