Practical Training Seminars and Processing Schedules

Practical Training Seminars (PT):

They will be held the first and third Wednesday and second Friday of every month.

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) begins at 3:00 pm.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) begins at 3:45 pm.

There will be no PT Seminars in August as we prepare for the arrival of new students.

In person seminars at the Center for International Services will return in Fall semester beginning September, 2021.

Fall 2021 PT Seminars Schedule

Beginning in September, all PT Seminars will be held in person at the Center for International Services, 310 Walnut Place

DateCurricular Practical
Training Time
Optional Practical
Training Time
Wednesday,
September 1
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Friday,
September 10
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Wednesday,
September 15
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Wednesday,
October 6
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Friday,
October 8
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Wednesday,
October 20
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Wednesday,
November 3
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Friday,
November 12
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Wednesday,
November 17
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Wednesday,
December 1
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Friday,
December 10
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.
Wednesday,
December 15
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.

Processing Schedule

You may have your CPT or OPT application processed:

In person, at the Center for International Services, 310 Walnut Place

  • Mondays, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Please Note:  during the Spring semester we will add additional processing times to accommodate the increased number of May graduates applying for OPT

By email to international@syr.edu

  • Note:  CPT and OPT are benefits of F-1 status.  You must be in the US. in F-1 status to apply for CPT or OPT.  You cannot apply for CPT or OPT from outside the U.S.
  • Attach all the required documents to an email to international@syr.edu
  • Processing by email will take 3-5 business days. 
  • On the Practical Training Data Sheet, select your mailing preference  for the return of the I-20 recommending OPT or authorizing CPT.  You must set up and pay for express mailing through the University Express Mailing Services (UEMS) at the time you email your CPT or OPT application.