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Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

You may participate in a curricular practical training (CPT) program that is an integral part of an established curriculum and directly related to the student's major area of study. Curricular practical training is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with Brookhaven College.


In order to be eligible for participation in CPT, you must meet the following criteria:
  • You are currently in valid F-1 status
  • You must have been lawfully enrolled as a full-time student for one full academic year
  • You will continue to be enrolled for a full course of study during the CPT
  • The training is an integral part of an established curriculum
  • The training is directly related to the student's major area of study

Application and Documentation Requirements

If you are unsure about your eligibility for CPT, you should first meet with an international student advisor. To apply for CPT, please make an appointment with your international student advisor and bring the following documents with you:

Authorization Procedures

If you are eligible and have the documentation required for CPT, an international student advisor will authorize CPT by issuing a new I-20. Processing time is three business days. You may engage in CPT employment only after you have received the I-20 with your CPT authorization from the international student advisor. This work authorization is valid only for the specific employer, location, time period and on a part-time or full-time basis as approved and recorded by an international student advisor as evidence on your I-20 issued for CPT. You may not continue employment beyond the date authorized unless you apply and are granted an extension of your permission to work from the international student advisor. To do so would be a violation of your nonimmigrant student status and such violation would jeopardize your ability to remain in the U.S.


  • I-20 cannot be extended on the basis of CPT.
  • Students working on CPT in their final semester must end CPT employment by the final day of class.
  • Full-time CPT for one year or more eliminates eligibility for Optional Practical Training. The use of part-time CPT does not affect eligibility for Optional Practical Training.
  • CPT authorization is given on a semester basis and students must apply separately for each semester they wish to do CPT. CPT is only authorized for the dates of the specific semester.