Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is authorization for F-1 students for off-campus work experience that is required as part of UWM studies. CPT is work experience that is integral to your program of study. CPT eligibility depends on your individual situation and program of study. CPT may be authorized by CIE after a recommendation by your faculty/academic advisor and a review by the CPT review committee.
To learn more about CPT including eligibility, application requirements, and more, watch the CPT workshop. You need to watch the CPT workshop before making an appointment with an Immigration Coordinator with additional CPT questions.
Applying for CPT
Watch the CPT Workshop
Watch the CPT Workshop to learn more about CPT and how to apply.
Enroll and Obtain Offer Letter
Work with your department to enroll in the appropriate course requiring the CPT experience and obtain the internship/work experience offer letter.
Submit ISSS Connect CPT Application
- The ISSS Connect CPT application should be completed at least two weeks prior to the projected CPT start date to allow for processing and issuance of the new I-20.
- Log in to your ISSS Connect portal to find the CPT application under the Documents & Requests tab.
CPT Application Review
The UWM CPT Committee will review completed applications and you will be notified of your approval, denial, or if additional information.
Receive Updated I-20 with CPT Approval
- Upon CPT approval, you will be provided an updated I-20 listing the CPT authorization.
- You cannot begin the work experience until the CPT start date listed on the updated I-20 and must terminate the work experience no later than the end date listed on the updated I-20.