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Practical Training Workshops

Posted by on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in Uncategorized.

During your academic program you may encounter situations where you are required or have the opportunity to participate in an off-campus practical experiences. In the context of F-1 and J-1 students and the federal regulations, this is defined as practical training. F-1 and J-1 students are required to have authorization to participate in practical training experiences. There are three main types of practical training authorization:

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT): Benefit for F-1 students who are required or have the option to participate in an off-campus practical experience. Students must have a specific major field of study to be eligible for CPT and in general the practical experience must be connected to a practical course (internship, practicum, etc.), a course requirement or a degree program requirement.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT): Benefit for F-1 students who wish to undertake an optional paid practical experience off-campus during their program (pre-completion OPT) or after graduation (post-completion OPT).
  • Academic Training (AT): Benefit for J-1 students who wish to participate in a practical experience during their program (pre-completion) or upon graduation (post-completion).

Students are required to attend a practical training workshop before submitting an application. The workshops provide information about how the practical training authorizations function as well as the application process and how students maintain status during periods of practical training.

If you are graduating this semester or if you are considering participating in an internship or other off-campus practical experience you will need to attend a session before you apply for the authorization. Students planning for spring and summer internships should attend a workshop in the fall semester. Students who are graduating should attend an OPT session as early as possible in their last semester.

Due to the COVID-19 situation all of the remaining workshops will be offered virtually via Zoom at the same dates and times listed below. Please register online for a workshop time to reserve a space. Students will receive an email prior to the workshop with the link to join the virtual session.

CPT Workshops:

Wednesday, January 29
4:00-5:00 PM
Sarratt 189

Friday, February 7
1:00-2:00 PM
Sarratt 189

Monday, February 24
3:30-4:30 PM
Rand 308

Wednesday, March 11
4:30-5:30 PM
Sarratt 189

Monday, March 23
10:00-11:00 AM
Rand 308

Tuesday, March 31
4:00-5:00 PM
Sarratt 189

Wednesday, April 8
3:30-4:30 PM
Sarratt 189

Monday, April 20
3:30-4:30 PM
Rand 308

Tuesday, May 5
10:30-11:30 AM
Rand 308

Monday, May 18
1:00-2:00 PM
Rand 308

Thursday, May 28
4:00-5:00 PM
Sarratt 189

OPT Workshops For Bachelor’s, Master’s and Professional Students:

Wednesday, February 5
4:00-5:30 PM
Sarratt 189

Monday, February 17
10:00-11:30 AM
Rand 308

Friday, February 28
1:30-3:00 pm
Rand 308

Tuesday, March 10
9:30 AM-11:oo AM
Sarratt 325/327

Friday, March 20
2:00-3:30 PM
Rand 308

Monday, March 30
10:00-11:30 AM
Rand 308

Thursday, April 9
3:00-4:30 PM
Sarratt 189

Tuesday, April 21
10:30-12:00 PM
Sarratt 216/220

Friday, May 1
1:30-3:00 PM
Sarratt 189

Monday, May 11
10:00-11:30 AM
Sarratt 189

Wednesday, May 20
3:30-5:00 PM
Sarratt 189

Friday, May 29
1:00-2:30 PM
Rand 308

OPT Workshops For PhD Students:

Monday, February 3
1:30-3:00 PM
Sarratt 325/327

Friday, February 14
9:30 AM-11:oo AM
Sarratt 189

Thursday, March 12
4:00-5:30 PM
Sarratt 216/220

Tuesday, March 24
3:30-5:00 PM
Sarratt 189

Monday, April 6
10:00-11:30 AM
Rand 308

Wednesday, April 15
4:00-5:30 PM
Sarratt 189

Thursday, May 14
3:00-4:30 PM
Sarratt 189

Tuesday, May 26
10:00-11:30 AM
Sarratt 189

Academic Training Workshops:

Academic training workshops are done by appointment. Please email isss@vanderbilt.edu to request and appointment and provide your availability. Please email at least 24 hours in advance of your desired appointment time.

 

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