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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:

Friday, October 2
1:00-2:00 PM
Register here. 

Monday, October 12
3:30-4:30 PM
Register here. 

Thursday, November 5
1:00-2:00 PM
Register here.

Friday, November 13
3:30-4:30 PM
Register here. 

Tuesday, December 8
1:00-2:00 PM
Register here. 

Wednesday, January 13
3:30-4:30 PM
Register here. 

Monday, January 26
10:00-11:00 AM
Register here. 

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

Friday, September 25
3:00-4:30 PM
Register here. 

Monday, September 28
12:00-1:30 PM
Register here. 

Tuesday, October 6
3:30-5:00 pm
Register here. 

Friday, October 16
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Register here. 

Wednesday, October 28
4:00-5:30 PM
Register here. 

Friday, November 6
10:00-11:30 AM
Register here. 

Tuesday, November 17
3:00-4:30 PM
Register here. 

Thursday, December 3
3:30-5:00 PM
Register here. 

Friday, January 15
3:30-5:00 PM
Register here.

Wednesday, January 27
3:30-5:00 PM
Register here. 

OPT Workshops For PhD Students:

Thursday, September 24
5:30-7:00 PM
Register here. 

Monday, September 28
4:00-5:30 PM
Register here.

Thursday, October 8
9:00-10:30 AM
Register here. 

Monday, October 19
3:30-5:00 PM
Register here. 

Monday, November 2
11:00-12:30 PM
Register here. 

Thursday, November 19
10:00-11:30 AM
Register here. 

Wednesday, December 2
3:00-4:30 PM
Register here. 

Tuesday, January 19
10:00-11:30 AM
Register here. 

Friday, January 29
1:00-2:30 PM
Register here. 

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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