Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is a type of work authorization for eligible F-1 international students to participate in paid off-campus internships before graduation. However, it should not prevent the student from making reasonable progress towards the degree. The Office of International Services (OIS) provides additional information on their website that all graduate students should also be aware of.
International students should review the following CPT information prior to applying for CPT.
Hours and Location of Employment
If it’s your final semester, you can work full-time if your course enrollment is no more than 4 credits (not including CPT credit). 10-20 hours per week is considered part-time and 21-40 per week is considered full-time.
If it’s NOT your final semester, you can only work part-time with full-time course enrollment**Students cannot take academic difficulty RCL with CPT simultaneously.
- Work must be in the L.A area if your class enrollment is more than 4 credits.
- Remote CPTs are not allowed. Exceptions are made for MS students who are continuing with the same company from a prior CPT experience.
- PhD students must have passed the Qualifying Examination and be enrolled in Dissertation units in order to work outside the Los Angeles area during the Fall and Spring Semesters, or to be eligible for full-time CPT.
- PhD students cannot hold a 50% assistantship during the Fall or Spring semesters and be approved for CPT.