The Department attempts to work with international students (those on F-1visas) to provide them with opportunities to undertake all or part of theirCurricular Practical Training (CPT) while full time students at UMass Lowell.
Please note that in addition to Curricular Practical Training designation, there is also Optional Practical Training. This CS Department Policy addresses only Curricular Practical Training, which is done while one is a full time student. For clarification of the differences between these two, please see paragraph 10 in section 214.2(f) of the INS code.
This policy is not intended to be a legal document. Rather, it is intended to present general guidelines to assist students and faculty in evaluating whether proposed CPT opportunities are appropriate for CS students.
The rules governing all forms of work by students on F-1 visas are defined by the INS and are numerous and complex. Final authority to approve or disapprove requests for all forms of practical training by international students rests solely with the Director of the UMass Lowell's International Students Office, who (in INS terms) is the university’s Designated School Official (DSO). Students are strongly encouraged to contact the International Students Office for clarification of any and all issues related to this matter.
A Google search on “curricular practical training” results in thousands of hits and literally hundreds of policy statements at various universities. Students are specifically warned NOT to assume that the rules at other universities apply at UMass Lowell. As noted above, final approval of requests for CPT at UMass Lowell rests solely with the Director of the International Students Office.
To participate in this program, international students must meet ALL of the following requirements.
This policy was adopted by the UMass Lowell CS faculty on July 8, 2005.