Undergraduate Student Handbook

Curricular Practical Training for SEAS Undergraduates

Curricular practical training (CPT) may be pursued by Penn Engineering international undergraduates before their graduation. CPT is intended to provide work experience in the U.S. in situations where the work serves as an integral part of a student's academic program and an established curriculum, usually undertaken in the summer. CPT must be undertaken on a registered for-credit basis during the CPT period as an integral part of the student's degree requirements. The means by which to do this is through EAS 099 CPT Independent Study (0.25 CU, P/F Grade Type only). EAS 099 requires a student to produce a tangible, academically-based product for a grade and credit at the end of the internship. Students must identify a member of the SEAS Faculty who is willing act as the CPT Independent Study Advisor, and take responsibility for issuing the final grade.

Note that EAS 099 may be used as Free Elective only, in fulfillment of the student's degree requirements. If the student fails to fulfill the terms of the course/proposal, the student will be issued an "F" for the course. (This may potentially have serious impact on the student's visa status as well as requests in the future.)  It is imperative that the student completes the work as proposed/outlined for the course during the CPT authorization period.

To apply for EAS 099 CPT Independent Study, please complete the CPT Independent Study Form.

Upon approval, the student will be registered accordingly. Upon completion of this process, the student may work with Penn's International Student and Scholar Services office to obtain necessary CPT authorization documents for the internship placement/business. Written CPT authorization (i.e. CPT I-20) from ISSS must be obtained prior to commencing internship to maintain valid immigration status. SEAS undergraduates may apply for CPT Independent Study more than once. 

Note: For SEAS graduate students, CPT application procedures may be found here.

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