Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

If you wish to accept employment off-campus, you should pursue Curricular Practical Training (CPT). CPT is defined as employment which is an integral part of an established curriculum, including: “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” Source: [8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i)]. CPT is available only prior to the completion of your degree program and you must have a job offer at the time of application. CPT employment may not delay completion of the academic program.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for CPT, you must:

  • Have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for one academic year unless your academic program requires immediate participation for all students.
  • Be in lawful F-1 status
  • Have CSUEB approved health insurance
  • Have a job offer/internship offer related to your major
  • You must be still working towards the completion of the academic program indicated on your I-20. If you have completed all degree requirements (even if you have not filed for graduation), you are no longer eligible for CPT.
  • You must be a student in good academic standing. If you are on Academic Probation or Disqualification, you will NOT be authorized for CPT.
  • The employment must be considered an ‘integral part’ of your academic program.
  • You must enroll in either your academic department's Internship class or the General Studies (GS) Internship class for that semester.
  • You must be enrolled full time or have approval for a Reduced Course Load

NOTE: CPT is processed and authorized term by term. 

Part-Time vs. Full-Time CPT

Part-time CPT: Employment for 20 hours or less per week is considered part-time. While a full-time student, you will only be authorized for Part Time CPT. This includes when you are on an approved reduced course load for any reason. Last Term is only eligible for part time CPT.

Full-time CPT: Employment for more than 20 hours per week is full-time. You are only eligible for full-time CPT during the Summer term as it is considered your annual vacation. If Summer is your last time, you are only eligible for Part-Time CPT

Documentation Needed to Apply

  • Internship Offer letter from the employer. The letter must:
    • Be written on the company's letterhead
    • Be addressed to you
    • Include job title
    • Detailed internship description (at least a few sentences describing specific duties, tasks, goals, etc.)
    • Specify the street address where employment will take place (street, city, state, and zip code)
    • Specify the number of hours per week you will work
    • Specific start and end dates of CPT employment (keep in mind that CPT can only be authorized one term at a time).
  • CalState S4 (CalStateS4 for CSU East Bay)
    • Internship Site must have a partnership with CalState S4
    • You will have to indicate your placement at the internship site for a specific term.
  • Internship Enrollment
    • Your academic department can help with this. If you are trying to add the class after the add/drop deadline, you will need to pay for the class at the cashier’s office and bring the receipt to CIE at your appointment time.
    • If you are enrolling in GS 498 or GS 698, please email for more information
    • NOTE: Not all departments will allow you to add the Internship class after the add/drop deadline
  • Email the following documents to CIE (
    • Internship offer letter
    • Documentation you have accepted the placement at an internship site in CalState S4
    • CPT Request Form
  • I-20
    • Your I-20 will be emailed to you

Incomplete CPT applications will not be accepted.

More information and request form is available in the CPT Handout

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