F-1: Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization granted to students in F-1 status for work that is an "integral part of an established curriculum". CPT enables students to apply and practice the knowledge and skills gained in their academic program.

CPT is granted by the Glavin Office in accordance with U.S. immigration law. Authorization of CPT involves both an academic component and an immigration component.

Note: CPT is not available for all academic programs.

Academic Eligibility

Internships must be approved by the appropriate Babson department that oversees academic internships. For undergraduates, this is the Center for Career Development (CCD); for full-time MBA students, it is the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL). You should allow up to 5 business days for processing.

Immigration Eligibility

  • You must currently be maintaining valid F-1 status and must have been enrolled full-time for at least one academic year (two semesters) before applying for CPT.
  • CPT authorization is date and employer specific. Changes, extensions or new internships require new authorization from the Glavin Office before employment begins.
  • There is no limit on the amount of time you can be authorized for CPT. However, if you use 12 months or more of full-time CPT you will lose your eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

CPT Application Process

1. Obtain Academic Approval

Undergraduate Students

Complete the Career Exploration Lab (CEL) enrollment form with the help of the Hoffman Family Undergraduate Center for Career Development (UGCCD).

Questions? Contact Arline MacCormack
Hollister Hall, First Floor 781-239-4003

One Year & Two Year MBA Students

After receiving your internship offer letter, complete and submit the Internship Application Form to the Graduate Office of Experiential Learning (OEL).

Questions? Contact OEL Staff 
Olin Hall, Lower Level  781-239-3989
Appointments are required to process paperwork.

2. Schedule an Appointment with an International Student Advisor

  • Call the Glavin Office at (781) 239-4565 to schedule a 30-minute appointment with an advisor (at least one day in advance)
  • Bring your completed CEL Enrollment Form or Internship Application Form
  • Print most recent I-94 (arrival/departure record)
  • During this appointment, if everything is in order, you will be issued a new Form I-20 authorizing CPT.

DO NOT begin employment until you are authorized for CPT.

After CPT Approval

You may only work for the employer specified on your Form I-20 and within the date range specified.

If you do not already have a U.S. Social Security number (SSN), you may apply for one after receiving your CPT authorization but no sooner than 30 days prior to the CPT employment start date.

Current Internship Changes

If you anticipate any change to your internship (different dates, different employer, etc.) you must submit documentation about the change to the Babson office overseeing your internship: UGCCD (undergraduates) or OEL (graduate students). New end dates should be reflected on the forms, previously signed by all parties for authorization. 

Then, you must schedule an appointment with the Glavin Office to obtain a new Form I-20 reflecting the changes and/or extension of CPT authorization.

Failure to do so may be a violation of your status.

New Internships

If you plan to have a new internship in the next semester, either with the same employer or a new employer, new paperwork is needed. Graduate Internship Application or UG CEL Enrollment Form and new CPT authorization is needed prior to starting the internship. Follow the CPT application process as listed above.

Failure to do so may be a violation of your status.