Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a structured educational program that combines classroom learning with productive work experience in a field related to a student’s academic program. CPT may be available to certain F-1 students.

Please note: CPT is a possible benefit of F-1 status, not an entitlement. The primary purpose of F-1 status is study, not employment. The ISSO will make CPT eligibility determinations and has the discretion to authorize CPT when the proposed training satisfies federal regulations and the UTD CPT program.

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Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a possible benefit of F-1 student status, not an entitlement. Students may request up to one year of OPT per educational level (ex: one bachelors = one educational level, two master’s degrees = one educational level).

OPT Eligibility

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is available to F-1 students after one year of full-time enrollment in the academic year immediately preceding OPT at a U.S. university. F-1 students are eligible to apply for up to one year of Optional Practical Training (OPT) per educational level.

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SEM Program

The SEM Program is a stem major as indicated on the ISSO website. This means that after students’ initial 12-month period of post-completion OPT, they will be eligible for an additional 17-month extension if they have a job or job offer from an employer that is registered in E-Verify. Please refer to the ISSO website for more information on the 17-month extension of OPT, and contact the SEM Program or ISSO with any additional questions on this topic.