Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

This is a type of off-campus work/internship that is directly tied to the student’s program of study.  It is not available after the student complete their respective degree program. 

There are a few key reminders to the CPT process:

  • Undergraduate students must complete one full year of study before they are eligible to request CPT. CPT must be a part of your academic program and you must gain approval through International Student Services. To inquiry about participation contact Tammy Smith at
  • Graduate students can request CPT in their first semester of enrollment, it is an integral part of of the student’s graduate studies.
  • There is no limit to the number of months a student utilizes part-time CPT.
  • If a student completes 12 months (11 months and 29 days) or more of full-time CPT, he or she will not be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of the number of months he or she has participated in CPT. 

CPT Request Process:

  • The student must meet the above mentioned enrollment requirements. 
  • The student must secure a job/internship offer (in writing) in a position directly related to the student’s field of study. 
  • Graduate students must complete the CPT Request Form or CPT Renewal Form
  • Please note, the written offer of employment/internship experience must be included with the application. CPT Applications will only be accepted through the DocuSign system.
  • Any student who wishes to participate in CPT must also be enrolled in the associated Applied Learning Practicum (INTR) course for each semester that he or she participates in CPT. All assignments included in the course must be completed in order to maintain compliance with the CPT process. 
  • Student must complete application for approval prior to employment/internship start.
  • Once all steps have been completed, a new I-20 will be issued to the student reflecting the CPT selection. 

How to Complete CPT Application/Renewal via DocuSign

1.    When starting the CPT application, or the CPT renewal application, you will be required to enter your information (using UC Webmail Address), as well as your CPT Supervisors’ name and email address. Ensure that you are entering the correct email contact as the form will be sent to that email address after you have completed the student portion of the application.

2.    Complete all student portions of the application correctly, you will then be prompted to add your digital signature, and then prompted to click ‘Finish’ at the bottom of the screen.  Once you click ‘Finish’ the application will automatically be sent to the CPT Supervisor’s email address that you previously provided.

3.     Your CPT Supervisor will then need to complete their portion of the CPT application or renewal – this is part of the Cooperative Agreement between the University and CPT placement. Upon completion, they will add their digital signature and then click ‘Finish’ before the form is submitted to the Department of International Graduate Services for processing. 

Note: You may need to remind your CPT Supervisor to be looking for an email from DocuSign. Emails from DocuSign may also be diverted to spam/junk mail folders so please advise your CPT Supervisor to check there as well. If your CPT Supervisor states that they did not receive the application you will need to resubmit the form from the beginning, we are unable to redirect or resend the form.

CPT applications are processed within two business days of their receipt (after CPT Supervisor completion). The Dept. of International Graduate Services will notify you once your CPT application has been received. If you have not been contacted by us within this timeframe we request that you contact your CPT Supervisor first to ensure that they received and submitted their portion of the application as well.

CPT applications are ONLY accepted if they are digitally received via DocuSign. CPT applications that are sent as emailed attachments will not be processed.