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Applied learning is an integral part all programs offered at the University. Success in the academic programs relies on students having access to a work environment that allows them to apply the course content and activities.

Since work experience provides the direct link between the knowledge gained in courses and the application of that knowledge to practice, it is expected that students have a minimum of two years professional work experience prior to their enrollment or are actively employed while enrolled.




Domestic and International Students

In UoNA's curriculum, practical experience is required for all students, whether they are domestic students or international students. International students are allowed to register in the Applied Learning curriculum through the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program in accordance with the US regulations established by USCIS.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

The University of North America is authorized to issue CPT I-20s for international students who wish to supplement their learning with work experience in the US. UoNA Applied Learning curriculum meets the requirements for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as authorized through SEVP.

A CPT work experience may be paid or unpaid. The position may be part-time or full time. The location of the CPT work experience must be at the client’s premises or the company for which the student is employed. Given the knowledge learned from colleagues, managers, and co-workers and the possibility of mentorships, students are not allowed to work in any capacity from home.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements may take a vacation after full-time enrollment of 3 consecutive terms. During authorized vacation terms, students wishing to maintain active Curricular Practical Training will be required to enroll in an Approved Quarter Off course and keep in contact with the university.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Following successful completion of a degree, international students who have completed less than 12 months of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) may elect to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT). 

Optional Practical Training is a 12 month temporary employment authorization that provides an opportunity for F-1 students to apply knowledge acquired from their academic program to a work experience in their major field of study.