Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is available to international students specifically in F-1 visa status.

CPT allows students to train in their field of study off campus via a paid internship, clinical, practicum, or other arranged off-campus learning experience.

In most cases, F-1 students cannot be authorized for CPT until they have completed their first year of study at Andrews University.

In addition, because CPT is also considered off-campus employment, special authorization is needed from a designated school official (DSO) in the Office of International Student Services BEFORE the CPT begins. If a student begins the off-campus employment before CPT is authorized by a DSO, the employment will be considered unauthorized by the Department of Homeland Security.

In order for CPT to be authorized, a DSO will need to determine the following:

  • The internship, clinical, practicum or other arranged off-campus learning experience is required by or integral to the student's program of study (this means that the student cannot complete the program of study without also completing the CPT)
     
  • The CPT is directly connected to a specific course that requires the CPT, and the student is registered for this course while in CPT
     
  • The student's academic advisor verifies that the CPT is required by or integral to the student's program of study and the employer at the off-campus site verifies the specific dates of the CPT correspond with the specific course taken that requires the CPT

Finally, if an F-1 student is required by their program of study to participate in an unpaid internship, clinical, practicum, or other arranged off-campus learning experience, CPT authorization is not required. This is because the university sees this as experiential learning rather than employment.