Monroe College's Bronx campus is an ideal urban campus located in the bustling Fordham section.
Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.
The scenic Monroe College St. Lucia campus in Barnard Hill Castries on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia combines the best of many worlds.
Monroe's Queens Extension Center is located in the heart of downtown Flushing, a vibrant and ethnically mixed district of Queens.
Practical training is a benefit available to eligible F-1 students during and after their academic program at Monroe College. As the name suggests, practical training allows students to gain practical experience by working in a position directly related to their academic program. There are two types of practical training: curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT). Within OPT, there are other categories: pre-completion, post-completion, STEM extension for bachelor and master’s degree students who graduate from our School of Information Technology, and H1-B cap gap extension.
Check out some FAQs in the chart below. We’ve also included some key terms and links to additional information. If you have questions about practical training, please contact a Monroe College Designated School Official (DSO) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Completion OPT: Any portion of OPT used before the student’s Program End Date. It may be part-time or full-time.
Post-Completion OPT: Any portion of OPT used after the student’s Program End Date. It must be full-time.
17-month (STEM) OPT Extension: For students who majored in designated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degrees approved by DHS. This type of OPT is a 17-month extension of OPT. At Monroe College, students with a bachelor degree in information technology or computer information systems and or a master’s degree in computer science.
Cap-Gap OPT Extension: For students whose prospective employers filed a qualifying H-1B cap-subject petition.
Part-time: 20 hours or less per week.
Full-time: more than 20 hours per week.
Academic year: in accordance with Student and Exchange Visitor Program policy, an academic year for programs that operate in credits hours is defined as 30 weeks of full time study.
OPT Application Packet for April 2016 Graduates
CPT Request Form
STEM OPT Application Packet