The Office of Student Services is committed to working closely with students by providing personalized attention and professional services. It seeks to develop a campus climate that brings together students, staff, faculty and the community. It facilitates and supports various activities to assist students in making a successful transition to the University Community and to prepare them for life after graduation.
The University is ready to assist international students in all matters related to their admission, academic advisement, and personal needs. In addition, the University provides the necessary services to assist international students with problems related to immigration, visas, and work permits.
CTU faculty and student services are available to provide all types of counseling to students. Counseling hours are from 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Academic counseling on overall academic planning, course selection and other academic matters can be obtained from the Chief Academic Officer or the Program Director. In addition, the student can consult on non-academic matters such as career and employment, CPT/OPT and Internship, or personal matters. Students may contact the admin office to receive a link to reserve an appointment slot online.
Students are oriented to the University and its Program by the Admissions Director during the student’s application interview. This is when program costs, probable length of time to acquire the degree, school policies and other matters are discussed before matriculation.
A school-wide orientation is likewise conducted at the start of every quarter to ensure that students and faculty are updated and in-tune with school policies and guidelines.
Student Services, as part of its career and employment assistance to students and graduates in their job search, can provide career advice and counseling, and referrals to job boards and listings. The school regularly conducts in-house workshops on resume writing, cover letter preparation and mock-interviews.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is employment authorization that allows F-1 students to engage in an off-campus academic internship (paid or unpaid) that is a required part or an integral part of their academic curriculum. CTU offers part-time CPT of up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. CPT Eligibility requirements are as follows:
To apply for CPT, fill out a CPT request form, submit an employment offer letter from a prospective employer, undergo orientation with the Chief Academic Officer. CPT authorization is granted and requires reapplying each quarter to continue CPT with the same employer. If a student will be working with a different employer, a new job offer letter is required.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive 12 months of OPT employment authorization 90 days before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or within 60 days after completing their academic studies (post-completion). To apply for OPT, an F-1 student must submit an OPT Request Form to the school and follow the OPT application process.
On Campus, employment is available to qualified students who would like to share their knowledge and expertise with faculty and students. Students may apply for part-time jobs as an assistant to student services and admissions.
CTU is located in the central area of Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the world. The school encourages its student to participate in local community events, and volunteer in the missions of nonprofit organizations as part of the school’s community outreach, to widen the student’s experience and social awareness. Contact Student Services for a listing of volunteer opportunities.
Commencement Exercises are held once a year in June, even though CTU students may finish their studies and graduate year-round. Commencement activities are a highlight for students, faculty, and staff who enjoy a celebration luncheon following the ceremonies.
Throughout the year there are social opportunities to attend such as guest speakers, workshops, field trips, culture night and a new student orientation buffet, etc.
CTU can provide students Technical Support for matters related to setting up their @catu.edu email account and password reset, Gradelink access, setting up and accessing Moodle and course materials, MS Office 365 student license requests and installation, QuickBooks installation, the setting up of display and audio equipment, and other school or course-related software issues. To request technical support send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical Support hours:
Monday through Friday 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Students can stop by the Office of Student Services to report a lost item and review the inventory of found items to help facilitate recovery of their belongings. Items that are lost in campus will be delivered to Suite 400.