Curricular Practical Training


Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a program that temporarily allows international students with an F-1 visa to gain practical experience directly related to their major through employment, or paid/unpaid internships. The CPT must be required by your major and if it not, it must be part of an established curriculum and you must receive course credit. Only certain employers participate in CPT and must be completed before completing your program. In addition, CPT can be part-time (20 hours or less a week) or full time (20 hours or more a week). Although, if you work full-time for 12 months in CPT, you will lose your eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT.) Currently, Eastern Oregon University does not offer any curricular options that meet the criteria for CPT.