Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study.
An F-1 student could be authorized to receive up to a total of 12 months of post-completion practical training after completion of studies.
An F-1 student may be authorized by USCIS to participate in post-completion OPT upon completion of studies.
The post-completion OPT must be directly related to the student’s major area of study. You may use OPT after completion of an Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree and Graduate Degree.
For information on studying, working and traveling in the United States, please visit: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov
[8 cfr 214.2 (f)(10)(i)] Curricular Practical Training. (CPT)
An F-1 student may be authorized by the Designated School Official (DSO) to participate in a curricular practical training program that is an integral or required part of an established curriculum. Curricular practical training is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. Students who have received one year or more of full time curricular practical training are ineligible for post-completion academic training. Exceptions to the one academic year requirement are provided for students enrolled in graduate studies that require immediate participation in curricular practical training. A request for authorization for curricular practical training must be made to the DSO. A student may begin curricular practical training only after receiving his or her Form I-20 with the DSO endorsement.
F-1 Curricular Practical Training Request Form
CPT Cooperative Agreement