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Curricular Practical Training(CPT)

Curricular Practical Training(CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

What is CPT:

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) provides F-1 students with the option of practical training during their program of study, with the choice of either full-time or part-time employment.


Guidelines for CPT:

  • CPT must relate to your major, and the work experience should be part of your program of study (tied to a course at Mcneese).
  • To qualify for CPT, you must have studied as an F-1 student for at least one academic year.
  • If you have 12 months or more of full-time CPT, you are not eligible to apply for OPT.
  • Part-time CPT and fewer than 12 months of full-time CPT authorization does not affect your OPT eligibility.

Note: Graduate students may qualify for CPT during their first semester, should their program require this. 

How to Apply for CPT:

To apply for CPT you will need to come to the our office and bring the following items:


  • Signed letter from your academic advisor stating how the training is part of your program of study, printed on McNeese letterhead. 
  • Signed letter of employment from the employer sponsoring your CPT
  • Where you will work
  • How much you'll be paid
  • How many hours you will work
  • Dates you will work
  • Who will supervise you

The International Student Advisor or other DSO in our office will determine your elegibilty for CPT and athorize your employment in SEVIS.