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HEB FAQs : CPT vs OPT – What is CPT, OPT and how does it concern you

Continuing with our frequently asked questions series, here is a small post on CPT and OPT and some common questions asked by MS aspirants regarding the jobs.


What is CPT?

While some of the funniest and ignorant questions I have encountered are comparison of CPT vs OPT, “which one is better for me”, “which one should I choose” and “which one pays the most” ,  I have also come across some sincere queries like what is CPT exactly and how does it fit in into the masters program.

  • CPT stands for Curriculum Practical Training, usually an optional training/internship.
  • CPT is one of the legal ways in which you can pursue an internship in the field of your study while residing in US.
  • As it is a curriculum training, it usually has a dedicated period in the Academic calendar and different universities offer it under different names such as Co-op, Summer internship etc. The only catch is, that CPT permit can be issued by the university for a period between 1 semester up to 364 Days (again, rules for this differ among universities)

What is OPT?

OPT on the other hand stands for “Optional practicum training”, and as the name suggest is purely optional for the students. As such, it is not included in the degree program and thus students may or may not pursue this internship after graduating, but who am I kidding, everyone wants to grad an opportunity to work and gain valuable experience in US (and some bucks may be?) after getting world class education.

  • Generally for international students, the OPT limit is 12 months for a general Masters course.
  • If your Course is STEM(Science Technology Engineering Medicine) accredited, you will get an opt extension and a total OPT period of 29 months!
  • The only catch is that you need to find an OPT job within 90 days of your graduation, otherwise you will be deemed out of status and sent back to your home country.
  • If you intend to stay longer than your OPT period, you will need to get your employer to file an H1B non-immigrant visa for you. But more on that later.


Hope this clears yours OPT vs CPT doubts, if you have more questions, shoot them in the comments below! :) and don’t forget to Subscribe !



TAMU Review (Texas A&M University) University Review & answers to FAQs

TAMU Review -

We have always known that TAMU is a kind of University that has the potential to beat IVY leagues at any days, yet few people never have it as their first choice despite awesome profiles. This University review sheds some light into the little-known facilities of this amazing University, and why it should be right there along with the IVY league top choices!


What if I told you, there was a guy who snubbed an admin from University of Wisconsin, an admit + scholarship from Rutgers and chose TAMU for a non-CS branch? At first read, you would be a bit amused as to how can one reject a TOP 10 dream admit. But, at the end of the day life is all about practical choices and this guy seems to have done it right.

Profile : GRE 325 (162 , 163)  an Ivy League admit – Snubbed Uni of Wisconsin for TAMU!!

So whats so good about this university which is not even best in Texas? The answer is it may not be the best, but it is simply the ideal choice if you have a good profile, will to work hard and are looking to build a great career!  Read on to find the detail review of TAMU.  Continue reading