Winter 2017 CPT Reminders

CPT: Curriculum Practicum Training Reminders

OISS is committed to meeting the needs of our international students by addressing concerns and ensuring that all current and changes to federal regulations impacting students are carefully explained and uniformly enforced.  As we begin the fall semester, you are reminded of the following:

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is defined as “employment which is an integral or important part of a student’s curriculum, including alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” Thus, CPT for F-1 students is intended to provide work experience in situations where the work serves as an integral part of a student's academic program, prior to completion of that program and the credits earned will count toward the student’s degree credits. This means that the proposed employment must be directly related to a student’s major and meet one of the three criteria below:

  1. Required by the degree program: Training that is required by the degree program as part of the core requirements always meets the requirements for CPT, regardless of whether or not the student receives academic credit for the work; or
  2. Integral part of the program: Training that is not required by the degree program meets the requirements for CPT if the work is an integral part of the program of study and the student receives academic credit for the employment experience that will be counted toward their degree credit requirements; or
  3. Cooperative Education program: Available to students selected to participate in Wayne State’s Cooperative Education Program as offered by Career Services, located on the 1st floor of the Faculty Administration Building (F/AB), Room 1001.

Additionally, the following eligibility for CPT must be met:

  • The student is currently in valid F-1 status at an SEVP-approved "college, university, conservatory, or seminary"
  • The student is not enrolled in the English Language Institute as students in English language training programs are ineligible for practical training
  • The student has been enrolled on a full-time basis for the amount of time required by the regulations
  • The student will continue to be enrolled for a full course of study during CPT. The only exception to this is if the student is in an academic program that requires all students to participate in fulltime internship/practicum/training as a degree requirement or during Spring/Summer term after the completion of one academic year of study
  • CPT cannot be granted to students who have finished their program requirements and who are delaying graduation to make use of CPT
  • The internship may not begin earlier than the first day classes of the semester and must end no later than the last day of the term for which CPT is granted. Furthermore, since the internship is considered an integral part of a for-credit university course, CPT cannot be authorized after the academic add/drop period has ended. The last day for CPT authorization each semester is identified on the Registrar's website as the Census Date/Enrollment Confirmation Deadline and is calculated as the 10th day of each term. For winter 2017 term, the deadline date is January 23, 2017.

Should you have any questions, concerns, or need further advice, please schedule an appointment, or visit an OISS advisor during walk-in advising hours.

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