(Note: Every effort has been made to update the information below, however things are subject to change without notice.)
Students with F-1 visas who have completed one academic year of study in the U.S. are eligible to apply for off-campus employment authorization. Students are permitted to work for as many months as needed for curricular training. However, if they work off-campus one year or more on a full-time basis, they are not eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation.
St. Olaf international students are required to register for a credit-based Academic Internship in order to participate in CPT. You must have an internship offer before you apply for CPT, and you must have CPT authorization before you begin your internship.
The International Student Coordinator/Designated School Official authorizes your CPT after reviewing the letters from your employer and your academic advisor/internship faculty advisor.
The student’s employment must be directly related to his or her studies and commensurate with his or her educational level. A job offer is required before the student can apply for employment authorization. If a student wishes to change jobs during the authorized period of employment, the student must go through the entire process again and re-apply for the CPT.
|Eligibility||To be eligible for CPT or any off-campus employment, you must: