Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

F-1 students may be authorized for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to engage in a temporary practical training experience directly related to their major field of study when it is considered to be an integral part of an established curriculum.  At Middlebury, CPT may only be authorized when training experiences are for academic credit or are a required part of the academic program’s curriculum.

Middlebury’s winter term internships that are approved for credit by the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) may qualify for CPT.

Please note that CPT is only needed to participate in training experiences that are based in the United States.

Eligibility for CPT

  • You must have been lawfully enrolled as an F-1 student for a minimum of one full academic year.

  • The training opportunity must be directly related to your Middlebury major field of study.

  • You must have an offer of employment or training that qualifies for CPT prior to applying.

  • CPT may be paid or unpaid. **Please note that Middlebury does not allow students to participate in paid winter term internships that have been approved for credit; however, a stipend is allowed.

  • CPT may be approved for part-time (20 hours or less) or full-time (over 20 hours). During the academic year, CPT is limited to 20 hours per week, and full-time enrollment must be maintained. During approved break periods (winter and summer), full-time CPT is available. If you use 12 months or more of full-time CPT, you will be ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) at the same educational level.

  • All requests for CPT must be received and approved before the start of your practical training.

  • CPT authorization is employer/program specific and for the designated period of time only. Any work that you engage in outside of your dates of approved CPT will be considered unauthorized employment.

CPT Application Process

For Winter Term Internships

  1. Apply for a winter term internship for credit through CCI by visiting http://www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/cci/internships.
  2. Once your application has been approved by CCI, complete the CPT Request Form on the ISSS website. Return the completed form to the ISSS office.
  3. ISSS will review your application. If approved, ISSS will update your SEVIS record with an endorsement for CPT and print you an updated Form I-20.

For All Other Practical Training Opportunities

  1. Contact ISSS at isss@middlebury.edu to review your request for CPT. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you’ll be instructed to complete the CPT Request Form on the ISSS website. Return the completed form to the ISSS office.
  2. ISSS will review your application. If approved, ISSS will update your SEVIS record with an endorsement for CPT and print you an updated Form I-20.

 

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