Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

The information on this page is intended for current international students who wish to request authorization for CPT. If you are a faculty member with questions about CPT for your international students, please see our ​CPT FAQ for Faculty document (view here) or contact an OIA staff member.

General Information

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is required for F-1 students who intend to engage in a practical training experience such as an internship during their program of study. CPT is intended to provide temporary work authorization so students can gain hands-on, practical work experience in situations where the work serves as a required or otherwise integral part of a student's academic program prior to graduation.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Curricular Practical Training, the following conditions must be met:
  1. You must have been in F-1 status and in your program for one academic year.
  2. You must have a job or internship offer for a position that directly relates to your degree program or major field of study.
  3. Your degree program/major field of study must require practical training as a condition of graduation or your academic program must offer a credit-bearing training opportunity that is an important, but optional, part of the program of study.

Application Procedure

To apply for CPT authorization (click on a step to show directions):

Frequently Asked Questions



If you have additional questions about Curricular Practical Training, please contact the OIA Front Desk and schedule an appointment with Megan or Tracy. The OIA Front Desk is reachable at (989) 774-4308 or oiafrontdesk@cmich.edu.