Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

International students who are required by their degree program to obtain practical experience may be eligible for this type of training in a full-time or part-time capacity. To find out whether or not this is a requirement of your degree program, please check with your academic advisor or your department. 

Curricular Practical Training comes with no time limits; therefore, students may engage in this training for as long as it is required.  However if students participate in FULL-TIME Curricular Practical Training for more than twelve months, they will not be eligible for the second type of practical training or Optional Practical Training.  Students must also complete their Curricular Practical Training prior to their graduation from Lawrence Technological University. 

How To Apply For CPT

If you are an international student who wishes to participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT), here are some important rules that you must follow.  Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is available to F-1 students who have maintained their F1 status for one year. Students MUST attend two full-time semesters before being eligible for employment benefits on CPT.  F-1 students can work off campus with authorization of the U.S. government if this work is part of the student’s curriculum (for example a co-op or a directed study course) To be eligible for CPT you must be enrolled in a course that will provide the credits for your working experience.

Students taking ESL classes are not eligible for CPT. CPT must be directly related to the field of study, is usually one semester, and must enter the student’s academic record. Students are eligible for part time or full time CPT. Part time CPT is limited to 20 hours per week.

To apply for Curricular Practical Training you must:

  • Get a recommendation from your adviser. Your adviser should fill out the appropriate online CPT request form.
  • Email a scanned copy of the offer letter to Please be sure the offer letter has all necessary information as outlined in the CPT guide.

Please be advised to allow at least a one week notice for processing. To obtain the CPT Form, please download the form from our Forms & Documents (Printable) section.

Contact us:

A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center

Adam Berry
Adam Berry
Associate Director of International Programs
Sarah Roberts
International Advisor