CPT POLICY UPDATE:
Effective immediately per SEVP Guidance the definition of one academic year has changed. One academic year at LTU is now defined as the fall & spring semester. Summer semester enrollment does not count towards the one academic year of full time enrollment. This means students who are enrolled full time in the summer semester do not get to continue this semester towards their CPT eligibility. Please see the updated CPT guide for more information. If you have any questions regarding this policy update, please contact the Office of International Programs.
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. Please note if you are using the CPT, you must cease on-campus employment at this point.
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 portion of the CPT request form.
- Bring the completed form to the International Students’ Adviser for authorization.
Please be advised to allow at least a one week notice for processing. To obtain the CPT Request Form, please download the form from our Forms & Documents (Printable) section.