your U.S. Master Degree while Working and Earning U.S. Wages
The purpose of a Work-Study or Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program is to
integrate real-life employment training with a student's education
Immigration Service regulations allow international master study students who
are enrolled in an "internship" (also known as a Work Study, CPT, Cooperative
Education or Co-op program) to work in internship positions for as many months
as the duration of the program will allow. Through the work study program,
international students may work up to 40+ hours per week.
This CPT option is designed to give students practical work experience in
curriculum-related employment with local US based corporations and businesses.
For those who select the work-study option, paid internship employment is
mandatory, beginning in the first semester of the first academic year of the
student's program. Along with the mandatory internship employment,
students will need to take a total of 15 to 18 courses, depending on the
The option of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is for international students enrolled in any
participating school's master degree programs. CPT is authorized by the
U.S. Homeland Security Department for F-1 international students and is
equivalent to the CPT option for
F-1 students wishing to participate in an off-campus training program that is ?an integral part of an established curriculum? must first obtain
work authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). The training,
which must be directly related to the student?s major field of study, is defined
as ?alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type
of required internship or practicum, which is offered by sponsoring employers
through cooperative agreements with the school? (Title 8, Code of Federal
Regulations, Part 214.2 (f)(10).
Work-Study Program is unique
Work study programs have the curriculum set up so that the internships jobs are
mandatory and therefore, a student must begin his/her curricular training
immediately upon registration and securing his/her social security number.
In this Work-Study Programs students can begin working in their first semester of study. This is very different than CPT programs at most
universities where the applicant can not start the CPT employment until he/she
has been in school for at least one academic year (nine months). Also,
most universities do not have a unique program designed specifically for the
International applicant. In alliance with the schools, a unique program is
created that helps International candidates be successful in the United States
workforce. The international candidate will learn about resume building,
interviewing etiquette, U.S.
law in the workplace and English Phonetics.
Gain Practical Skills
The practical training that students receive by working in a U.S. based company gives them skills and experience that cannot be obtained in a normal
classroom-only education format, thus giving an advantage in achieving life
goals after graduation.
Earn US dollars
The wages that are paid to the students for their CPT employment are equal to the wages paid to
employees in the same kind of employment. Net earnings are retained by the
students and used for their personal or educational needs