Practical Training for F-1 Students

Optional Practical Training

If you are a current student at Fletcher, and you have a Form I-20 and are an F-1 visa holder, you are entitled to a work authorization benefit known as Practical Training (OPT). Since the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) regards this work authorization as a benefit to you, there are certain rules you must follow. Please be sure to follow the necessary steps to obtain your Practical Training.

Please note that processing time will be at least 3 to possibly 4 months. Please plan ahead - especially for summer employment not related to Curricular Practical Training.

Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of employment opportunity for international students who hold an F-1 student visa. This particular category does not require approval by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), but must be approved by Carol Murphy, the International Student Advisor and Designated School Official. Students must meet certain requirements in order to be approved for CPT. Requirements include successful completion of the Professional Development Program and enrollment in IR CSPT: Practicum in International Relations which includes mandatory attendance at three lectures, the internship and a paper at the conclusion of the internship. Students must be prepared to complete these requirements in order to qualify for Curricular Practical Training.

Academic Training for J-1 Students

If you are a current student at Fletcher and you have a Form DS-2019, issued by The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and if you are a J-1 visa holder, then you are entitled to work authorization known as Academic Training.

Please be sure to follow the steps necessary to obtain your Academic Training.

Be sure to plan ahead because the entire application process, during busy months (April through June), can take up to 1 month.