Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

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CPT Overview

Practical training authorization permits F-1 students to take a job that is directly related to their field of studies and commensurate with their educational level.

In most cases, you must have been a full-time student for at least nine months prior to applying for practical training permission. You may work in practical training either prior to or after completion of studies. 


  • Must be in good academic and immigration status.
  • Must be pursuing a full course of study, except during official school breaks and vacations.
  • Off-campus employment (paid or unpaid) requires prior authorization from SISS.

Students who are being paid for work in the United States will need to apply for a Social Security Number and plan to file taxes.

How to Apply 

Additional Resources 

CPT Workshops for 2018/2019

Date: Time and Location:
Friday, October 5 3:00pm - 4:00pm Int. Center 3119
Friday, November 9 1:15pm - 2:15pm Int. Center 3119
Friday, December 7 3:00pm - 4:00pm Int. Center 3119

Location: All workshops will take place at the UC Davis International Center. See above for room numbers.