Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students


The Sullivan University Graduate School provides an opportunity for students to participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to gain practical experience in their field while completing an academic program. Students are eligible to apply for the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Managing Information Technology, Master of Science in Management. Interest in a particular program must be stated on the original application. Students wishing to participate in CPT will be enrolled in a management externship course where they will be required to show correlation between their work experience and their courses with midterm and final essays. Students who do not pass the externship course will not be allowed to continue on CPT.

  1. Non-CPT Track: International graduate students who do not engage in the CPT program will follow the same rules as applied to all Graduate students as outlined in this catalog and the Sullivan University Student Handbook.
  2. CPT Track: Students who choose to participate in the CPT program must adhere to Regulation 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i) cited below:

“An F– 1 student may be authorized by the DSO to participate in a curricular practical training program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. Students who have received one year or more of full-time curricular practical training are ineligible for post-completion academic training. Exceptions to the one academic year requirement are provided for students enrolled in graduate studies that require immediate participation in curricular practical training, such as the MSMIT and EMBA programs. A request for authorization for curricular practical training must be made to the DSO. A student may begin curricular practical training only after receiving his or her Form I–20 with the DSO endorsement.”

Any student who is enrolled in a Graduate School class at the 500 level or higher and interested in CPT must meet all eligibility requirements. Students must apply and be approved for CPT with the International Studies Department DSO, write an additional essay demonstrating the use of course contents at the CPT site, and successful completion will be placed on the student transcript.

Students must renew their CPT authorization every quarter. Applications will be reviewed for CPT eligibility on a quarterly basis and there is no guarantee of employment or ongoing permission to have CPT extended.

Part-Time vs. Full-Time CPT

Part-time CPT: Employment for 20 hours or less per week is considered part-time. Though there is no limitation upon the length of time you may participate in part-time CPT, you must be simultaneously enrolled in classes full-time in order to maintain lawful F-1 status.

Full-time CPT: Employment for more than 20 hours per week is considered full-time. Please be aware that 12 months or more of full-time CPT will invalidate your eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT). During the academic year (fall and winter semesters), you must be simultaneously enrolled full-time in order to maintain lawful F-1 status.

How to Apply for CPT

Upon receiving acceptance to the university, you may be able to apply for CPT.  You will be required to complete an application and submit supporting documentation.  To obtain more information about the process of applying for CPT, please contact your admissions officer if you are new student.

**Effective for all CPT Recipients as of 06/24/2013: You will be required to enroll in a course credit bearing externship each quarter for four quarters. These externship courses will equal 4 credit hours total (filing one elective area). Additionally, you will be required to attend three in person course meeting dates that are held on Friday of Week 1, Week 5, and Week 8.  Class schedules vary per campus. Each class is 3 hour long. (this is mandatory if you want to continue to receive CPT authorization). You must have a job when applying for CPT. You will not be allowed to get a job later in the quarter and still receive CPT.


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