Curricular Practical Training

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 must register for credit through C2D2 or register for the internship required by their academic program.

Eligibility

  • Any employment 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) 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 work after attending full-time fall and spring semesters.
    • An F-1 student who begins in the spring semester must attend full-time 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 (20 hours or more) for F-1 students participating in the co-op program or internship program or who have a required academic internship in the summer semester. 
  • Students enrolled in their final semester may only be authorized for part-time CPT.
    • 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 12 months 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. 

Considerations

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.  
  • The permit to enroll in the internship or co-op course will be given by the career advisor in C2D2 once the CPT has been authorized by the OIE. 
  • CPT authorization can begin prior to the start of the term but will not go beyond the term end date.
  • Register for at least 12 credits of courses and only drop classes once registered in the internship or co-op course.
  • All CPT requests must be submitted via iStart by C2D2 no later than the Friday before classes begin.
  • 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.

Employment on-campus with CPT or OPT work authorization

  • Employment must not exceed 20 hours a week while school is in session (inclusive of both on-campus and off-campus employment). 
    • It is VERY important that students registering for a 6 credit internship course, work no more than a cumulative of 20 hours per week to ensure compliance with F-1 regulations.
  • F-1 students may work full-time when school is not in session during the annual vacation.
  • CPT requests for students who are employed on campus will be carefully reviewed. 
  • Students with a GRA/GTA cannot participate in CPT or OPT in the same term as the assistantship.


Procedure

Once the job opportunity is approved by the Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2), the career advisor will submit a CPT request e-form on your behalf through iStart. OIE requires all CPT requests to be initiated by C2D2 no later than the Friday before classes begin, of the term being requested. After a request is submitted, CPT authorization may take up to five business days for an international student advisor to approve. 

You will receive a new I-20 with the CPT authorization, which includes the employer's name, address and the specific dates of employment. You can only work during the dates of employment authorized on the I-20. 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. You must register either for the Center for Career Discovery and Development course or with the internship required for your academic program. 


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