Office of International Student & Scholar Services

Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

CPT Online Workshop Available in JNet!

TAMUK students can view our Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Online Workshops by logging into their JNet student account. Instructions for logging-in and viewing the workshops can be found on our OISSS Forms website.

The CPT Online Workshop consists of one 20-minute instructional video, which can be viewed and re-viewed anytime. This video provides students with an overview of what CPT is, eligibility requirements, how to apply, and frequently asked questions that we receive from students.  Once students have completed and validated that they viewed the video, our office will be notified automatically.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

The student must be in valid F-1 status at the time of application and have been in full-time status for the 9 months preceding the CPT application. Graduate students (master's and doctoral level) whose degree requires immediate participation in CPT may apply at any time.

The CPT program/course must be an integral part of an established curriculum (i.e. it must be required for the degree program or earning credit for the degree program) and listed in the school's catalog with the assigned number of credits. There must be a faculty member teaching or supervising/monitoring the training program. Also, the employer, the student, and the Academic/Graduate Advisor must agree on clearly defined course objectives for the program, as it must be done to satisfy degree requirements. For graduate students on thesis or dissertation, the work done must be required to complete the thesis or dissertation.

CPT must be taken for academic credit at TAMUK, even in summer terms unless it is a non-waivable requirement that earns no credit. A student must be registered as a full-time student if CPT takes place in a major semester (Fall/Spring) or the last semester of the student's degree program unless the student is participating in an approved Cooperative Education program designated as a 600-level or 400-level course.

**You must be authorized for CPT by a Designated School Official (DSO) with OISSS before beginning any employment.

All students pursuing CPT will be required to have insurance coverage during the duration of the CPT whether participation is during the Fall, Spring, and/or Summer months.

CPT Employment Authorization

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is temporary employment authorization directly related to an F-1 nonimmigrant status student's academic program where the work done counts towards course credit.

Bring the following to OISSS:

  • Completed, signed Form OISSS-130, Request for CPT Authorization
  • Letter from the Employer describing the work to be performed, in detail, by the student; physical location of where the work is to be performed; dates of employment; full or part time; number of hours per week; salary; and if benefits are included.
  • Proof of course registration: While you are working on an internship under Curricular Practical Training, you must be registered for the course you are requesting CPT Employment