Curricular practical training (cpt) form eligibility, legal requirements and the application process international students & scholars office i am not in my last semester and/or at the one-credit thesis defense stage of my degree program the paper should include a minimum of the following. Curricular practical training (cpt) is a structured educational program which combines classroom learning with productive work experience in a field related to a student's academic program cpt may be available to certain f-1 students please note: cpt is a possible benefit of f-1 status, not an entitlement the primary. If you need to do additional research before or after to defending your thesis/ dissertation, your academic advisor must send oiss an extension request form, click here question: may i participate in curricular practical training (cpt) while i wait for my opt to be authorized by uscis answer: no, cpt is only authorized. Required internships, practical and other work requirements as listed in the texas tech catalogs are examples of such programs in certain circumstances, graduate students who must work for an employer while doing thesis or dissertation research might qualify for cpt questions concerning the appropriateness of cpt in. Curricular practical training (cpt) is off campus work authorization for employment (whether it is paid or unpaid), such as internship or co-op, for f-1 international students to receive further training it is designed to achieve an established academic objective and is directly related to your degree level and major what is.
Cpt cannot be authorized past thesis/dissertation defense date if cpt was no new cpt authorizations for that term will be authorized to begin after that date please see the step 1 obtain an internship/co-op offer letter on official company letter head from an employer which includes all of the following information. For ms thesis and phd students, the program completion date can be the last day of the final semester of required enrollment or the defense date • opt start date: you can choose any date within the 60 day window after the program end date for your opt start date please remember you cannot request a. For advanced phd students only - if the end date for summer cpt falls after august 15th, graduate students appointed in research assistantships for the phd students with a thesis advisor who have passed the qualifying exam and have a thesis title established must register between 0 and 4 credit hours of cs 599. Students who wish to engage in off-campus employment late in their program or after defending a thesis/dissertation should apply for optional practical training if a summer term is student's final term of enrollment required to satisfy program requirements, then summer is not considered a vacation term and full-time cpt.
After completion of a degree program (undergraduates: after graduate date graduate students: after defense or graduate date of semester in which defense took place) as post-completion opt graduate students: after completion of all course requirements, excluding thesis or dissertation, as pre- or post-completion opt. Data gained through internship is used in thesis) or the student is a phd candidate who is abd and who is registered for phd continuous registration, in which case may be eligible for cpt following completion of all required semester hours but prior to submitting the first deposit of the thesis in the graduate college.
Cpt and opt were created as a privilege in order to gain practical cpt • specific rules for graduate students – once all coursework is completed, you may apply for full-time cpt – once you defend your thesis/dissertation, you are no longer eligible to apply for or work after completion of all coursework or defense 2. Because cpt must be an integral part of your academic program, you will not be eligible for cpt once you have completed all degree requirements or if you are about to defend (or have already defended) your thesis/dissertation in addition, it is rare that we will approve cpt for someone in the final semester of his/her sol.
After applying travel information h-1b cap-gap extension of duration of status ( d/s) and opt work authorization until october 1 special notes about your opt for phd students: you may request your post-completion opt to begin as early as your thesis submission/defense date or as late as your graduating. I am a phd student and my defense is scheduled for february 1st according to the university's rules i have to register for the entire spring semester to be able to complete my defense can i engage in cpt during this final semester no cpt must be a required part of your degree program or integral to your thesis or. F-1 students are eligible for cpt after completion of two semesters of full time study (one academic year) exception: oiss will email to your msu email address, after your new i-20 is ready graduate students: expected defense date (or comprehensive exam date for non-thesis master's students): _____/ _____/____.