Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)


General Information

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) was established by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to enhance a student's class room learning with practical experience and training. It is a temporary work authorization for practical training directly related to an F-1 student's major field of study. For Knowledge Systems Institute Graduate School (KSI) to validate a student's CPT, his or her practical training must be directly related to computer and information sciences. "Practical training" can include employment, internship experience (paid or unpaid), cooperative (co-op) education experience, practicum participation, etc. CPT is authorized by the P/DSO in accordance with the F-1 regulations. Students can apply for CPT during the regular academic year (students must remain registered full-time) and during annual vacations.

CPT is only granted to F-1 students, who have been maintaining their SEVIS record 'Active' for at least one academic year in the U.S. Nonimmigrant visa holders who do not fall under the previously mentioned criteria are ineligible for CPT.

It is important for students to remember that CPT is a benefit of the F-1 visa status, not a right. F-1 students who engage in unauthorized employment will be considered to be out of status and ineligible for any nonimmigrant benefits. Please be mindful of KSI regulations.


Students at KSI are required to register and completed at least one credit ofApplied CIS Practicum (CIS600) as an integral graduation requirement. This internship must be related to the student's major at KSI.

Students must meet the minimum GPA requirements in order to register for CIS600. New incoming students must have a GPA of 2.75 in order to register for CIS600 apply for CPT within their first semester. Current KSI students must have a GPA of 2.75 in order to apply for CPT within any given semester. Students must also submit CPT documentation in each semester they plan to register and apply for CPT, these documentations are mentioned below in the Application Procedures.

An evaluation report must be submitted by the company two weeks prior to the semester end date. If an evaluation report has not been submitted on time, the student will not be eligible to have CPT in the following semester and will fail course CIS600 leaving this integral graduation requirement pending.


CPT may be part-time (20 hours per week or less) or full-time (more than 20 hours per week). Students cannot have FT CPT in their first semester at KSI. If a student accumulates 12 months of full-time CPT authorization, he or she loses their eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT), another type of employment authorization for F-1 students. Part-time CPT and fewer than 12 months of full-time CPT authorization does not affect OPT eligibility.

Application Procedures

Students must first gain approval from the P/DSO and meet the requirements mentioned above. Once approval has been given and requirements met, students must complete and submit the following documents:

The CPT Application form must be completed by the student. All fields must be completed. The completed form can be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The CPT Hiring Letter and CPT Cooperative Agreement must be completed by the employer. A scanned copy should be submitted electronically to ensure all formats and fields are correct. The CPT Hiring Letter start date should be projected no earlier than the semester's start date – view the KSI calendar for semester registration dates. The original CPT Hiring Letter must be submitted when picking up the CPT I-20.

For further explanation and clarifications regarding CPT, please reach out to the Administrative Office.

Once you obtain written authorization from the P/DSO, no further action is required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Important Note: You are not authorized to begin work until your SEVIS Form I-20 has been endorsed by a P/DSO of KSI.