Curricular Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training (“CPT”) is a kind of off-campus authorization for F-1 students. An F-1 student may pursue to engage in off-campus opportunities such as internships, research, and clinical rotations (“off-campus experiences”). All off-campus experiences must directly relate to the student’s major program of study and must correspond to an academic component of the student’s established curriculum as reflected in the most up-to-date MCPHS Course Catalog.
F-1 students in both graduate and undergraduate programs may apply for CPT if their program supports it. CPT can be for part-time authorization or full-time authorization and may be paid or unpaid.
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Before IISS can approve CPT for an off-campus experience, the student must have:
- Completed one academic year as an F-1 student. Note: If the off-campus experience is required in a graduate student’s first year of study, this requirement can be waived.
- Has been offered a position and has received an appropriate offer letter for the off-campus experience.
- Otherwise maintained lawful F-1 status.