Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshops about employment authorization

Kate Stuart
September 21, 2016
Posted in Announcements

Attention international students interested in doing ASPIRE Internships:


F-1 Students interested to work off campus, attend a CPT and/or OPT workshop!!!


Have you ever thought about working off campus or interning for a company in the United States?

Attend the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshops and get the facts about how to apply for employment authorization.


Did you know that it takes more than 90 days for an OPT application to be approved by the United States Customs and Immigration Services?

Did you know that CPT employment counts all days including weekends, holidays, and travel outside the United States?


These are examples of some of the information you will learn by attending one of the OPT or CPT workshops this fall.  If you are an F-1 student, you have the option to apply for employment authorization to be used during or after your academic studies in the United States. 


If you have an interest to work off campus, please sign up for the fall workshops. Attendance at a CPT and/or OPT workshop will now be required before applying for employment authorization. For those looking to begin OPT or CPT in the Spring 2016 semester, please plan to attend a workshop this fall. To register go to:

CPT is an academic experience which allows students to apply knowledge gained through coursework during their academic program in a work environment. 

OPT is a 12-month employment authorization, related to a student’s field of study, that can be used during or after academic studies are complete.

CPT and OPT are only for students who have a declared major in a degree-seeking program (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral).