International Student and Scholar Services

Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training is an integral part of an established curriculum.

Federal regulations define it as a type of alternate work/study, internship, co-operative education or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.

Types

Students can be authorized for:

  • Full-time (21-plus hours)
    • For students enrolled in part-time course load.
    • Curricular Practical Training, on-campus employment and graduate assistantships combined can equal 40 hours.
    • Only 11 months and 29 days of full-time curricular practical training are allowed if a student plans to apply for post-completion Optional Practical training.
  • Part-time (20 hours or less)
    • For students enrolled in a full-time course load.
    • Curricular Practical Training, on-campus employment and graduate assistantship combined can equal no more than 20 hours.

Eligibility

Students:

  • With a valid F-1 student status.
  • Lawfully enrolled at a DHS-approved school on a full-time basis for one full academic year.
  • Whose internship is an integral part of an established curriculum in the student’s program of study.
  • Who are registered in the associated course.

Students cannot apply if they are:

  • In their final semester and have no remaining courses for their degree requirements.
  • Not receiving academic credit during the published St. Cloud State University semester dates.

Application

The student must:

  • Complete all sections of the application packet.
    • Curricular Practical Training application (PDF).
    • An employment letter from the prospective employer on the company's letterhead that includes:
      • name, address and contact information of employer/site supervisor.
      • description of work to be performed.
      • start and end dates of employment appointment.
      • number of hours to be worked per week.
    • Full-time Equivalency Request (PDF) signed by the academic advisor/faculty advisor/internship coordinator.
    • Reduced Course Load Request (PDF) signed by the academic advisor/faculty advisor/internship coordinator if the student is in their final academic semester.
  • Register for the required course related to the internship.
  • Drop off or mail the application packet to:

Center for International Studies
Lawrence Hall 101
720 Fourth Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

  • Allow seven business days for processing.
  • Wait for an email notification that the application has been processed and can be picked up at the Center for International Studies' front desk.

Key points

  • The Center for International Studies must authorize employment before a student begins work. Working off-campus without prior authorization is a violation of F-1 student status.
  • Students may engage in Curricular Practical Training only for the specified employer, location and amount of time approved in SEVIS by the Center for International Studies as stated on the I-20.
  • Curricular Practical Training applications must be submitted to the Center for International Studies for authorization whether the position is paid or unpaid.
  • Students may participate in full-time (more than 20 hours/week) Curricular Practical Training in their final semester of study if the internship is a program requirement or they may participate in part-time Curricular Practical Training (less than 20 hours/week) if they have remaining courses for their graduation requirements that will be taken concurrently.
  • Students must speak to the Center for International Studies for authorization if they are required to continue their internship beyond the published end date for the semester.
  • The Center for International Studies can only authorize Curricular Practical Training for the current semester or upcoming semester if the student is already enrolled in the course required for their Curricular Practical Training.