Steps and Requirements for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

(Effective Fall, 2013)

  • Before your CPT will be approved, you must have:
    • Completed an academic year in full-time status (fall and spring semesters);
    • A cumulative GPA of ≥ 3.0 and an approved plan of study before leaving campus on CPT.
    • An approved plan of study.
  • If you are an  F-1 international student and  plan to work off campus, you are required to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). F-1 students must complete the ISS online CPT workshop and receive written employment authorization from ISS before beginning employment. The online workshop is at http://www.iss.purdue.edu/ssl/cpt/. Forms to apply for CPT can be downloaded from the ISS web site or picked up at the ISS office.  At the completion of the on-line workshop you will be prompted to sign up for a CPT follow-up session with an ISS immigration counselor. Students may NOT begin CPT until they have received a new CPT I-20 showing employment authorization. Students in J-1 status should check with ISS regarding application requirements for academic training (AT). If you have further questions regarding CPT /AT instructions, forms or processing times, please contact the ISS Office in Schleman Hall, Room 136.  
  • If you are a domestic student, you only need register for ME 69600 through the set registration procedures.  You may opt to not register for ME 69600 if you have an internship.
  • If you are MS thesis option, Direct PhD or PhD student, you are required to be enrolled in 1 hour of thesis research (ME 69800 or ME 69900) in addition to the 1 credit hour of ME 69600.
  • You will not be approved for CPT in a semester which you are scheduled to:
    1. take or re-take Area Exams for the first time, or
    2. plan to register as a candidate.
  • An offer letter from the company must be submitted when registering for the course.  The letter must include:
    • The  title of the position;
    • Dates of employment (start and end dates);
    • The mailing address, including zip code of the employment location;
    • The number of work hours per week;
    • Salary, and a brief description of the job duties and responsibilities.
  • Meet with the ME Graduate Program Administrator to register for ME 69600.