Students working in an engineering lab

F-1 Students

Practical Training is an authorized period of work which is directly related to a student’s program of study. F-1 students must have completed one full academic year (two semesters) of full-time study to be eligible for CPT unless the student’s academic program requires immediate participation in CPT. CPT must be completed before a student finishes their academic program.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is defined in the federal regulations 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. It is permission to perform work that is an integral part of an established curriculum.

Marquette University defines Curricular Practical Training as a course that is listed in the course catalog (Bulletin) with an assigned course number, has an established grading or evaluation component and is offered at a cooperating employer who has an established relationship with the University for this purpose.

Application Process for CPT

Students seeking CPT authorization must receive permission from a DSO BEFORE starting employment. Plan ahead: Your completed CPT application must be received by OIE at least two weeks before you plan to begin work.


Marquette University

Marquette is a Catholic, Jesuit university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, more than 700 of whom are international students. Seeking a transformational education, they come from 68 countries — from Canada to China, from Mexico to Malaysia, and everywhere in between.