International Services
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is defined by U.S. Federal Regulation as “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” The practical training employment must be an integral part of a student’s established curriculum or academic program and be counted towards the completion of a degree. CPT must never be used for the purpose of facilitating employment.

Students may engage in either part-time or full-time CPT.  However, a student will no longer be eligible for Optional Practical Training if he/she has engaged in one year or more of full-time CPT.

CPT Eligibility Requirements

  1. The experience must fit one of the four types of CPT available at USF
  2. Be in valid F-1 visa status and have been enrolled as a full-time student for at least one academic year.
  3. Possess a valid foreign passport and
  4. Possess an un-expired and valid USF I-20 which indicates the student's correct major and level of study.
  5. The training must be directly related to the student’s field of study and commensurate with the student’s educational level.

Four Types of CPT at USF

  1. Specific training that is required for all students in order to obtain a degree.
  2. An elective course that requires work experience.
  3. For-credit elective field experience required and directly related to production of Thesis or Dissertation after completion of all coursework (graduate students only)
  4. Cooperative Education Programs:
    Assignments are made through USF’s Career Center. You can also contact the Career Center at USF located in the Student Services Building Room 2088 for detailed information or download an application and instructions from

How To Apply

  1. Read the CPT Presentation
  2. Login to
  3. Complete the CPT Application located under F-1 Practical Training. (Note: The CPT Application is only visible to current F-1 students)
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