Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Practical Training (OPT/CPT) - for International Students Only


Practical training is very valuable for all students’ educational experience. International students need to get proper permits to get external jobs. This program (OPT and CPT) allows them to work during their time as a full-time student (working part-time in Fall/Spring and full-time in the Summer) in what is called the Curricular Practical Training (CPT). For details on how to obtain the CPT permit, visit: http://cs.sfsu.edu/curricular-practical-training-cpt . After graduating with a B.S. or M.S. degree, students can work under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program


In both cases, students must work with the SFSU Office of International Program (IOP) and with the CS faculty. It is the responsibility of the student to look for and secure jobs as well as following these rules - failure to follow rules for CPT/OPT may result in loss of student visa privileges.


Optional Practical Training – OPT


Undergraduate Students

Student must be very close to graduation, please visit the CS office (TH903) for details.


Graduate Students

OPT is applied when student is about 95% finished with his/her culminating experience work or later. To participate in OPT the student must follow the following steps once he/she obtains the job offer:

  1. Student’s mentor and CS Chair determines if 95% or more of culminating experience work has been completed and has signed the necessary OIP forms.
  2. Student visits the SFSU Office of International Program (IOP) to get necessary permissions.