Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
According to regulations, Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is defined as “alternative 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.” An F-1 student may be authorized by the DSO to participate in a curricular practical training program that is “an integral part of an established curriculum and/or is directly related to the student’s major area of study.” “A student may begin curricular practical training only after receiving his or her Form I-20 with the P/DSO endorsement”. [(8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i)]
There is no regulatory limit on either the number of times or the length of time a student may engage in either part-time or full-time CPT. In addition, regulations do not prohibit multiple or concurrent CPT employers. However, F-1 students engaging in an aggregate of 12 months or more of full-time CPT (over 20 hours of work per week) will not be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Engaging in part-time CPT (20 hours or less of work per week) does not affect eligibility for post-completion OPT. The completion of 12 months of full-time CPT only affects eligibility for OPT at the same educational level. (NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360)
Summary of Academic Goals
Regulations require that undergraduate students must have been enrolled in school full-time for at least one academic year (equivalent to the completion of 24 credits) and must have maintained attendance with a valid F-1 status in order to be eligible for CPT. An exception to the one academic year requirement is available to graduate students that require immediate participation in CPT.
All students engaging in CPT must be enrolled in an internship course within the program of study. This for-credit internship course is taught by qualified faculty who will lead the course and facilitate discussions within the course. This will enable students to improve business acumen specific to professional goals. Students must receive a passing grade as defined in the syllabus. If a student earns an overall failing grade in their internship course(s) in a given semester, then they will be ineligible for CPT in the following semester.
It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to research, apply for, and obtain their CPT internship. The CPT opportunity is an added benefit of the program to ensure real-world work experience in the United States. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain the minimum satisfactory GPA in order to retain CPT employment. The degree program is rigorous and should be the student’s primary focus while attending Westcliff University. The following are the GPA requirements:
- Students earning a GPA of 2.50 and above are eligible for Full Time or Part Time CPT.
- Students earning a GPA of 1.50 - 2.49 are eligible for Part Time CPT only.
- Students earning a GPA of 1.49 and below are not eligible for CPT.
- Students earning a GPA of 3.00 and above are eligible for Full Time or Part Time CPT.
- Students earning a GPA of 2.50 - 2.99 are eligible for Part Time CPT only.
- Students earning a GPA of 2.49 and below are not eligible for CPT.
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