Curricular Practical Training (CPT) | Webster University

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training – CPT – is an internship or practicum through the student's academic program. This is an internship that is either a required part of the student's degree program, a requirement for a specific course (e.g. elective), or a part of the research for a graduate student's thesis or dissertation. In all these cases the students must enroll in and receive academic credits.

Students must submit their request for authorization for CPT to International Services, after they have received an internship offer from an organization. A student may begin curricular practical training only after receiving the new Form I-20 with the international student advisor (DSO) endorsement. Please refer to the CPT Request Form for more details about the procedure.


  • An F-1 student must have been enrolled full-time (12 credits per semester for undergraduates, 6 credits per term for graduates) for at least one full academic year or 9 months.
  • For the academic program requirement, the student must register for one (1) or three (3) credit hours of internship/practicum course work as determined by his or her internship coordinator or academic advisor.
  • The student must be maintaining legal F-1 immigration status.
    • This includes maintaining full-time enrollment. Please note that CPT does not count as an on-ground class, so students cannot take CPT and an online class in the same term.
  • The student must have been formally offered an internship.


CPT can range from one semester up to 12 months. The training can be full-time or part time. If it is full-time (more than 20 hours a week) for 12 months or more the student will not be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). CPT will only be granted one term or semester at a time. Full-time/part-time status of CPT will be determined by the academic requirements, the employer and the Designated School Official (DSO) at International Services.

Step One:

Contact International Services to discuss your eligibility for CPT

Please send an email to, requesting confirmation of your eligibility for CPT. Your email should have this subject line: "Eligible for CPT? Last Name, First Name, ID#"

International Services will provide you with the date that you will become eligible for CPT. You should send this request 3 to 6 months before you hope to begin your CPT internship.

Step Two:

Meet with your internship coordinator or academic advisor to ensure the experience is required or will be taken for credit.

By the end of the meeting you should have the following information:

  • The specific degree requirement or elective course to enroll in
  • The minimum requirements to complete the internship
  • The reasonable period of time needed to complete the internship (e.g., satisfying the requirements of one semester, 3 credit hours course - normally done in one semester)

Step Three:

Contact the Career Planning and Development Center for assistance with finding an internship or starting your job search.

You should reach out to them 3 to 6 months before you hope to begin your internship.

The Career Planning and Development Center is located at 568 Garden Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

You can email them at or call them at 314-968-6982.

Step Four:

Secure an internship offer and obtain a letter from the employer.

The letter should:

  • Be on the company's letterhead, including the employer's name and address
  • Include the beginning and ending dates of employment
  • State the number of hours the student will work weekly
  • Give the job title and a description of job duties
  • Include the supervisor's name and contact information

Step Five:

Register for internship credit(s)

Please note, you must be registered for CPT credits in the same semester during which the work will be done unless specified otherwise by your faculty advisor or internship coordinator.

Step Six:

Submit your application for CPT to International Services

Your application for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is completed through International Services in the Office of Admissions in St. Louis, Missouri.

You must receive your new I-20 authorizing CPT employment BEFORE beginning employment.

Submit the following documents to International Services as PDF or JPG attachments in an email to

  1. The CPT Request Form – completed and signed by the student and the academic department
  2. Enrollment confirmation
  3. Letter from the Employer

Your email should have this subject line: "CPT Request, Student Name, Student ID #"

Your new I-20 will be ready within 5-7 business days after receiving all documents listed above.