Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is authorized off-campus employment and is an integral part of the degree program. At Georgia Tech, an F-1 student may be eligible for CPT based on a required internship class for academic credit toward degree completion or participation in the co-op or internship program through the Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2). F-1 students authorized for CPT are register for credit through C2D2 or register for the internship required by their academic program.
- Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible for CPT.
- Any experiential learning opportunities during the F-1 program must be an integral part of the student's educational program.
- F-1 students must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) on the main-campus for a fall and spring semester before becoming eligible for CPT.
- An F-1 student who begins their academic program in a fall semester can be eligible for off-campus practical training after enrolling full-time at the main campus in fall and spring semesters.
- An F-1 student who begins in the spring semester must enroll full-time at the main campus in spring semester and the following fall semester before becoming eligible for CPT.
- F-1 students may be authorized for full-time CPT or part-time CPT.
- CPT can be authorized as full-time (more than 20 total hours per week) for F-1 students participating in the co-op program or enrolling in a degree-required academic practicum.
- Students enrolled in their final semester are not eligible for full-time CPT unless they are completing a degree-required practicum experience.
- Graduate students enrolled in a thesis program may pursue a full-time position in the final semester if approved for Post-Completion OPT.
- F-1 students authorized to work more than 11 months and 28 days of full-time CPT are no longer eligible for OPT. Part time CPT has no impact on eligibility for OPT.
Internship or Co-op through C2D2
CPT can be authorized when a Georgia Tech student participates in the co-op or internship program through the Center for Career Discovery and Development. More information about the co-op and internship programs can be found on the Center for Career Discovery and Development website.
Required Internship for Academic Credit
Undergraduate students majoring in Building Construction who enroll in the internship for academic credit must work with their academic advisor to submit a request for CPT.
Graduate students majoring in City and Regional Planning or Informational Design and Technology who enroll in the internship for academic credit must work with their graduate coordinator to submit a request for CPT.
Enrollment to Maintain F-1 Status:
- F-1 students are required to enroll in at least 12 credit hours during their first semester of enrollment at Georgia Tech and each subsequent fall and spring semester.
- To meet the 12 hour minimum requirement, students must enroll in 12 hours of academic class, alternating work-study semesters which include 12 hours of co-op credit, or 6 hours of internship credit with the remaining 6 hours of academic class credit which count toward academic degree completion.
- Once the CPT has been authorized by the OIE, C2D2 will register the student in the internship course for the appropriate term.
- CPT authorization can begin prior to the start of the term and continue until the day before the next available term. The student's academic progress will be monitored based on the CPT dates and grades will be adjusted after the term dates if a student fails to complete the academic work associated with an internship.
- All CPT requests must be submitted via iStart by C2D2 by the deadline dates outlined on the C2D2 website, please see graduate information here and undergraduate information here.
- Students not enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits by the end of phase 2 registration, are in violation of their F-1 status which can result in the termination of their SEVIS records.
- Students who lose their employment need to consult with C2D2 right away. If the employment termination is determined to be due to the student's failure to meet internship and thereby academic requirements, then the student is removed from the credits. If the removal of credit hours results in less than full time enrollment, the student will be considered in violation of status.
1. Explore Career Center resources to find a practical training opportunity aligned with your degree program.
2. Seek practical training opportunities in your field of study.
3. Once you have an internship offer, submit your request for internship or cooperative education experience online via the C2D2 Undergraduate Internship page here or Graduate Internship page here. The C2D2 career advisers will submit a request for CPT on your behalf once your request has been reviewed and approved.
4. You will receive an email from OIE requesting that you acknowledge your responsibilities while on CPT and upload the required $35 practical fee (see below). Complete this e-form process.
5. After you've acknowledged responsibilities and paid the $35 practical training fee, OIE will process the request from C2D2 within the advertised business processing time, normally three business days and up to five business days during high volume seasons.
You will receive a new I-20 with the CPT authorization, which includes the employer's name, address and the specific dates of employment. Please review the I-20 for accuracy. In order to maintain status, you must only engage in practical training with the specific employer listed on the CPT authorization and only engage in practical training during the dates listed on your authorization. The I-20 with the CPT authorization is proof of employment eligibility, which you must show to your new employer to complete Human Resources processing and the I-9 verification required for all new employment.
Practical Training Fee
The Office of International Education will collect a $35 fee each time an international student holding an F or J student visa receives practical training benefits in the form of Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training (AT). Student e-forms submitted to the OIE for review after June 15, 2017 will be required to show evidence of PTF payment. Specific instructions for paying the fee will be include in the respective eform.
For more specific information about the PTF, please visit OIE's website: https://oie.gatech.edu/isss/ptf