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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is temporary authorization for employment (paid or unpaid) directly related to your major program of study. CPT can include:
  • Traditional employment
  • Internship
  • Cooperative (co-op) education experience
  • Practicum
You may be eligible to apply for CPT if you:
  • Are currently in valid F-1 status
  • Have been enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program for at least one academic year (NOTE: ESL students are not eligible for CPT.)
    • An exception to the academic year rule is provided for graduate students whose programs require immediate participation in CPT. The program requirement must be for all students in the program.
    • Students who transferred their SEVIS records directly to Duquesne from a previous university in the US may count study time at the previous school towards their eligibility.
CPT must be authorized by the Center for Global Engagement. CPT authorization can be:
  • Part-time (20 hours per week or less)
  • Full-time (more than 20 hours per week)
  • During the regular academic year 
  • During your annual vacation quarter

NOTE: If you accumulate 12 months (365 or more days) of full-time CPT authorization, you forfeit your eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Part-time CPT authorization, or fewer than 12 months of full-time CPT authorization, does not affect OPT eligibility.

Log into the DuqGlobal International Student Portal to begin this request.