International Programs and Services

Curricular Practical Training: How and When to Apply

How to Apply

Step 1

  • You need a job offer letter from your employer on company letterhead. The letter must include:
    • Your name
    • Company name
    • Company's main address
    • The address where you will be working
    • Co-op start and end dates*
    • Number of hours you work each week
    • Brief job description
  • Complete and return the co-op application form and turn it in with your job offer letter to the Career Services Office.
  • When IPS receives your co-op approval we will give you a new I-20 listing your employer name, address, and start and end date.
  • Please allow up to two weeks for processing.

Do not begin a job before you receive your employment authorization. Working off-campus without authorization violates of your F-1 status.

* See the chart below for Career Services approved dates.

When to Apply

CPT processing take five to seven business days.

Semester Start Dates End Date
Spring 2018 January 8 - January 22 April 27 - May 11

Full - Summer 2018

May 7 - May 21 August 16 - August 31
Track A - Summer 2018 May 7 - May 21 June 28 - July 6
Track B - Summer 2018 June 25 - July 9

August 16 - August 31

Fall 2018 August 27 - September 17

December 14 - December 28

Spring 2019 January 7 - January 21

April 26 - May 10

Full - Summer 2019 May 6 - May 20

August 15 - August 30

Track A - Summer 2019 May 6 - May 20

June 27 - July 1

Track B - Summer 2019 June 24 - July 8

Agust 15 - August 30