Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

*Please allow 5 full business days for processing a complete application*

Application Procedures

  1. Complete all sections of the application packet, which include the following:
    • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Form (2 pages)
      • Part I - Student
      • Part II - Academic Advisor
        • The student must meet with their academic advisor/faculty advisor/internship coordinator to verify eligibility for CPT in their program of study prior to submitting to CIS.
    • Employment letter
      • The student requests a letter from the prospective employer on the company’s letterhead which must include the following details:
        • name, address, and contact information of employer/site supervisor,
        • description of work to be performed,
        • start and end dates of employment/appointment, and
        • number of hours to be worked per week.
    • Additionally, the academic advisor/faculty advisor/internship coordinator signs the Full-Time Equivalency Request for F-1 Students Form if engaging in CPT renders the student a full-time student (this form is for internal record keeping purposes). This form is required during the fall/spring semesters and if the student is working on-campus during the summer semester.
    • However, if the student is engaging in CPT during their final academic semester, the academic advisor/faculty advisor/internship coordinator must sign the Reduced Course Load (RCL) Request for F-1 Students Form for completion of course of study.
  2. The student must register for the required course related to their internship.
  3. The student should drop-off or mail their application packet to the Center for International Studies for review.

    Center for International Studies

    Lawrence Hall 101

    720 4th Avenue South

    St. Cloud, MN 56301

  4. An advisor at the Center for International Studies will:
    • Review the request packet and email the student to notify them that their request packet has been processed and is ready to be picked up, needs further documentation, or has been denied.
  5. The student should return to the Center for International Studies to:
    • Pick-up request packet and sign (in blue ink) their new I-20 before they can begin work.