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F-1 | Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

F-1 regulations state that Curricular Practical Training (CPT) must be “an integral part of an established curriculum.” They define CPT as “alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” [8CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i)]

​BAsic Eligibility

Immigration Status: Must be maintaining immigration status as an F-1 student at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, and be engaged in a full-course of study as defined by their academic program and SEVP guidance on a full-course of study. 

Academic Requirements: Students must be maintaining a full-course of study as defined by their academic program, and SEVP guidance on course of study. [8 CFR 214.2(10)]  Additionally students must be considered in good academic standing as defined by their school or college.

Hours per week: CPT can be approved for part-time (20 hours or less) per week, or full-time (21 hours or more) per week.

Duration: Duration depends on the specific period granted on page 2 of your I-20. At CU Denver, authorization is granted on a semester by semester basis. If the student accrues 12 months or more of full-time CPT, the student will be ineligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), but may continue with the full-time CPT until graduation.

For more information on the specifi requirements for F-1 students to be eligible for CPT, please see the CPT for F-1 Students Policy​

To gain approval for CPT a student must meet one of the following options:

  • ​​Practical Training Experience is required for a student's degree

  • Practical Training Experience is required to earn internship/practicum/independent study credit for which the student will be registered

  • Practical Training Experience will provide research that is necessary for the student's thesis or dissertation

  • Practical Training Experience will yield a project for a particular course that is required by the student's degree program

For specific information on what these options are see the CPT Information Packet & CPT Guidelines/Rubric for CPT Approval


​​Information about request process is specific to the following:

  • Which Campus the Student Attends: (Downtown Denver or Anschutz Medical Campus)
  • What School or College the Student is Currently Enrolled
  • What type of Credit student's will be enrolling for CPT approval

The first step for ALL students should be to attend the CPT Work Clinic, AND read the instructions in the CPT Information Packet.  This outlines the specific information student's need to know to apply for CPT.   

1. Sign Up for CPT Work Clinic

2. Read Instruction in CPT Information Packet

3. Follow Instructions in CPT Information Packet to Make CPT Request

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