You must complete a workshop about Curricular Practical Training prior to getting
your application approved. See the right-hand column for information about our online workshop and in-person workshops. After watching/attending a CPT workshop, you can obtain your CPT Application from
the ISS Forms Library.
To be authorized for Curricular Practical Training, you need to meet the following
You must have been fully enrolled as a student for at least one academic year (nine months).
Your graduation cannot be delayed due to your Curricular Practical Training.
The proposed employment must be an integral part of your program of study. CPT must be very closely related to your academic work. Please see the options below
to learn more about how CPT can work for you.
You need to have an offer of employment.
You need to determine which type of CPT you want to utilize (Course Required, Dissertation Research, or Career Center).
After completing the CPT application, you need a new Form I-20, which your international student advisor will provide to you.
During the fall and spring semesters, you can only work 20 hours per week total, on-campus and off-campus combined. The only exception to this is if you have an
approved exemption from full-time enrollment from ISS.
Types of Curricular Practical Training at USC:
Course Requirement CPT
You may be eligible for Course Requirement CPT if:
You have a mandatory internship course in your program.
You are enrolled in a credit-bearing elective that requires practical experience as
part of the course.
The course in which you will be enrolled is during the same semester of your employment.
Dissertation Research CPT
You may be eligible for Dissertation Research CPT if:
In order to write your dissertation, you need to collect data through an off-campus
You will be enrolled in dissertation prep hours for the entirety of your off-campus
You are NOT in your final semester of study. (Dissertation prep CPT is not permitted
during your final semester.)