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CPT vs OPT

      Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

 Optional Practical Training (OPT)

CPT is a temporary work authorization provided to the students on F-1 visa, which is directly related to their majors for period of total 12 months.  

OPT is a temporary authorization offered to students on F-1 visa to work on their related field for a period of total 12 months.

CPT Eligibility Requirement : If the students complete their full-time CPT for a period of 12 months then they would be no longer eligible for OPT. Besides, the students must have been enrolled full time for at least one academic year.

OPT Eligibility Requirement : The students must have been pursuing their course full-time for at least one full academic year.

CPT: While applying for CPT, students require a job or employment offer.

OPT in order to receive OPT authorization, students do not require any employment or job offer.

CPT is for total 12 months and it can be either full-time or part time.

OPT program  has two variants— Pre-completion OPT and Post-completion OPT. Students can pursue OPT while there still on their academics with Pre-completion OPT. And, with Post-completion OPT students can start their OPT after their graduation.

Having CPT to workstudents can be on job for a total period of 12 months. But, students will not have option to work on OPT once they complete their 12 month CPT.

Students require OPT to work for a total period of 12 months (Pre or Post Completion OPT). Yet, students have an option to extend their OPT for another 17 months with STEM OPT extension; this is only applicable to certain majors.

With CPT, students’ employment experience must be directly related to their major or field of study. Plus, it must be a part of students’ curriculum; this implies, students’ employment experience must offer credits in their curriculum. 

With OPT, students’ employment experience must be related to their majors or field of study and it doesn’t have to be a part of their academic curriculum.

CPT students can work part-time when University/College is in term; during off-session, students can work full-time.

OPT students can work part-time when University/ college is in term; during vacation students can work full-time.

Students on CPT can work only with employers those are on Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and I-20 list.

Students on OPT can work with any employer across the US as long as their OPT jobs are related to their field of study. 

HIRING AN F1 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FOR AN INTERNSHIP VIA CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING (CPT)

CSU Student with Sign Accepting

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization that allows F-1 international students to accept training-related employment in their academic major after one (1) year of full-time study.

Students that meet the CPT eligibility requirements are able to work part-time, and in some cases full-time, during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. CPT must be directly related to the student’s academic major.

Download the information for hiring an international student via OPT and CPT.

For further information please contact:

The Center for International Services and Programs
PHONE NUMBER: 216.687.3910
EMAIL: intlcenter@csuohio.edu
WEBSITE: https://www.csuohio.edu/international/international