Curricular Practical Training (CPT) helps F-1 students at Northeastern University gain valuable work experience before their scheduled program end date—making it an integral part of their academic program.

As a student at Northeastern, you may have the opportunity to participate in an international co-op. If this occurs, you may need approval from the Office of Global Services to work outside the USA.

With Academic Training, eligible J-1 students can deepen their Northeastern experience with employment opportunities that relate to their field of study.

If you are an F-1 student, you may be eligible to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT), which helps you gain practical work experience related to your field of study.

Sometimes in life, the unexpected happens. If you experience a financial hardship and you are currently studying in the USA on an F-1 visa, you may request an employment authorization.

As a J-2 dependent, you may be eligible to work in the USA. Not sure what you need to apply for employment? The Office of Global Services can help you craft a cover letter and figure out which documents you need to land your dream job.

At Northeastern University, F-1 and J-1 students are encouraged to give back so others can get ahead. While volunteering may seem simple, it is actually a complex area in which immigration regulations and labor laws intersect.

While Curricular Practical Training (CPT) helps F-1 students gain valuable work experience, advisors, co-op coordinators, and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System contacts play an integral role in setting these students up for success.