As a new international student, if my I-20 begins in Spring 2021, will I be able to use Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for Summer 2021?

Students who wish to engage in CPT have to be in lawful F-1 status for a minimum of two semesters prior to becoming eligible to apply. There is one exception to this requirement: International graduate students only, whose program requires a summer internship (e.g. Master’s in Computer Science), may apply for CPT without first completing one full academic year. More information about CPT eligibility requirements can be found on the OISSS CPT webpage.