What is STEM Extension OPT?

The STEM extension is a 24-month extension to Post-Completion OPT. F-1 students who graduated with a major in certain science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields and are on post-completion OPT may apply for the STEM extension if they meet all the eligibility requirements.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an F-1 status benefit designed to support academic programs that require practical experience for credit and degree completion.

Obvious examples are programs in nursing or teaching, which require a practicum placement for the completion of a particular course and/or the degree. Amherst College does not confer academic credit for internships, and is thus unable to authorize CPT in most circumstances.

The criteria for an internship to qualify as CPT include:

What is Post-Completion OPT?

Post-Completion OPT is Optional Practical Training (OPT) that you use to work after graduating from Amherst College.

Remember, OPT is authorization for employment that is directly related to your major field of study and is only for students in F-1 status.