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Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for BSBA Students

Please be advised that the deadline to submit three-credit CPT applications for the Spring 2016 semester has passed.  The deadline to submit completed applications was January 20, 2016. If you have already submitted your completed application, the DSO will continue with the review process and inform you once it has been completed.

Also, please be advised that if applications were submitted and were incomplete, your CPT application may be denied.  We thank you for your understanding.


CPT Eligible Courses for BBA Students

An F–1 visa student may be authorized by the DSO to participate in a CPT program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. CPT is defined to be alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. The CPT component of any course is equal to only one (1) or three (3) credit hours. CPT is an optional component of specific degree programs at VIU. Students who wish to pursue the CPT program should consult with the School Dean or the Career Center for the required paperwork and permission.

  • OPTION 1:

CPT for PARTIAL CREDIT (1 credit)
All concentration courses are CPT-eligible. The 1 credit hour represents only one credit portion of a whole three-credit course; students must attend instruction for the remaining two credits. CPT is an optional component of the course. Students who wish to pursue this CPT option should consult with the Dean for the required paperwork and permission.

  • OPTION 2:

CPT for FULL 3 CREDITS (taken as elective courses)
The CPT component of any of the courses listed below is equal to (3) credit hours. Students who wish to pursue this CPT option should consult with the Dean for the required paperwork and permission.

BUSS 260: Internship Level I (3)
Prerequisite: None
This course will provide practical training and hands-on experience to undergraduate students working in various areas of business administration. The objective is to expose students to the process and operations of the general business environment. Students will be able to gain insights into general business operations which would enhance their classroom learning in various business disciplines. This three credit hour internships are for students who are expected to work a minimum of 135 hours during the semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty advisor to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.

BUSS 261: Internship Level II (3)

Prerequisite: None
This course will provide practical training and hands-on experience to undergraduate students in their more concentrated area of business administration. The objective is to give students practical work experience in a business environment specially related to their undergraduate business contraction area. Students will gain key industry knowledge in specific concentration areas such as international business, marketing, finance, etc. This three credit hour internships are for students who are expected to work a minimum of 135 hours during the semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty advisor to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.

BUSS 360: Internship Level III (3)

Prerequisite: None
This course will provide practical training and hands-on experience to undergraduate students in their area of professional interest. The objective is to give students experience and exposure in areas of their specific current and/or future professional interest. Students will be able to work in any key business areas as long as the opportunity clearly aligns to their professional goals. This three credit hour internships are for students who are expected to work a minimum of 135 hours during the semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty advisor to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.

BUSS 460: Internship Level IV (3)

Prerequisite: None
This course will provide practical training and hands-on experience to undergraduate students as related to their area of interest for their senior research project course. The objective is to give students insights and access to information that will help them complete their senior business research project. Students will be able to work in any area of interest as long as it relates to their current or future conceptual framework of their senior research project. This three credit hour internships are for students who are expected to work a minimum of 135 hours during the semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty adviser to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.

* The School of Business at Virginia International University is an Educational Member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education.