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International Technological University

International Technological University (ITU)

Santa Clara, CA

International Technological University

International Technological University (ITU)

Campus Locations:

3120 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

School Locations:

Santa Clara, CA

School Accreditations:

the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Accredited and Candidate Institutions (CHEA)

Day-1 CPT Programs:

MBA, CS, Digital Arts, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Management, etc

Estimated Tuition:

$27,300 (Master’s) / $60,000 (Phd’s)


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| About the School

International Technological University (ITU), established in 1994, is a private nonprofit higher education institution primarily focused on master's and doctoral education. Located adjacent to Silicon Valley, ITU specializes in STEM subjects and management sciences.

Guided by the concept of integrating education, technological development, and industry demands, ITU provides its students with flexible internship policies as well as Day 1 CPT programs.

Over 50% of the students at ITU earn internship salaries exceeding $80,000 per year, surpassing the national average. With its exceptional geographical location and unique teaching philosophy, ITU offers aspiring engineers a rare opportunity to enter the world of Silicon Valley.

“NOTE: In early 2021, ITU faced allegations regarding the implementation of its CPT (Curricular Practical Training) program. Subsequently, the university undertook reforms and standardization measures for the CPT internship program. The institution has since reached a resolution with the complainants and the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). The CPT work authorization has been fully restored. If you have any further questions, please consult us for free.”

About the School

| Accreditations

International Technological University (ITU), has obtained authoritative accreditation from

  • the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), one of the six major regional accrediting agencies in the United States

  • Additionally, ITU's School of Business has achieved accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its business programs

| School Locations

International Technological University (ITU) is located in Santa Clara, in the Bay Area of California.

The San Jose metropolitan area, where ITU is situated, is consistently ranked as one of the safest major cities in the United States. In addition to its safety, ITU is adjacent to Silicon Valley, known for its cultural diversity and convenient transportation.

It is surrounded by a dense network of highways, including the nearby 101 Highway, 1-280, I-880, and I-680. The university is only a 45-minute drive from downtown San Francisco, and approximately a 5-hour drive from Los Angeles. ITU is also in close proximity to San Jose International Airport and San Francisco International Airport, providing convenient access to major cities throughout the United States.

Santa Clara Campus

3120 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

| Pros and Cons

✅ Pros:

  • Proximity to Silicon Valley with convenient transportation and easy access to employment opportunities

  • Assistance provided for student visa processes, such as H4 Visa to F1 Visa conversion and assistance with RFE (Request for Evidence) cases

  • Tuition can be paid in installments

  • Affordable doctoral tuition with a discounted rate of $750 per credit, only $50 higher than the master's program

  • Master's program can be completed in as soon as one year, with a maximum of four years for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) + OPT (Optional Practical Training)

Pros and Cons

⚠️ Cons:

  • There were complaints filed in early 2021, which were resolved through compensation. Since then, the university has strengthened the management of its CPT program

  • Some companies may have reservations about employees attending ITU. It is recommended to consult with us and the company's HR department before applying

  • Can use Day 1 CPT, if CPT/OPT has been utilized for an equivalent degree (No CPT for second Master’s, second Doctor’s)

| Day-1 CPT Programs

Day 1 CPT Policy

International Technological University (ITU) emphasizes practical experience in its graduate and doctoral degree programs, where internships and work are integral parts of the curriculum. International students are required to utilize CPT (Curricular Practical Training) for their employment. Students can apply for CPT internship status by enrolling in the INT593 internship course.

  • For equivalent degree holders who have already used CPT/OPT, they are not eligible to apply for CPT again. For example, if OPT has been used at the master's level, students entering ITU's master’s programs cannot obtain a CPT

Under normal circumstances,

  • If a student wishes to apply for full-time CPT during their initial application, they must provide proof of previous work experience. It is advisable to consult with an advisor for specific details.

  • To renew CPT, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and have no failing grades in the previous INT593 internship course. Failure to meet these conditions may result in a downgrade from full-time to part-time CPT or cancellation of the internship eligibility.

  • Regardless of whether the internship is part-time or full-time, the total duration of internships during the program should not exceed 9 credits (equivalent to 3 full-time CPT or 9 part-time CPT).

  • Internship projects must be related to the field of study, and the internship company must provide an employment confirmation. Only one employer is allowed at any given time.

  • During the internship period, students are required to fulfill the requirements of the INT593 course: submitting an internship description before the course starts, a midterm internship report, a final internship summary, and a final evaluation form after the internship concludes.

*Based on ITU's current CPT policy, students without a graduate degree are more suitable for pursuing Day 1 CPT at ITU. They can complete the graduate program within one academic year while continuously engaging in full-time CPT. After graduation, they can also qualify for a maximum of 3 years of OPT.

◎ CPT Work hours

  • Initial CPT applications need to be part-time, with a maximum of 4 hours per day (max 20 hours per week)

  • Continued CPT can be full-time (max 40 hours per week)

◎ CPT Application

  1. Communicate with school advisors regarding CPT application

  2. Obtain an Employment Letter from the employer

  3. Pay tuition fees and enroll in the INT593 course, which can be taken as part-time (1 credit) or full-time (3 credits)

  4. For the initial application, the following documents should be submitted:

    • Employment Letter

    • Internship Cooperative Agreement

    • New Internship Request and Evaluation Request Form

CPT Application

ITU’s Graduate

ITU’s graduate programs that offer Day 1 CPT:

  • MBA (with STEM concentrations)

  • MS in Computer Engineering (STEM)

  • MS in Software Engineering (STEM)

  • MS in Information and Cybersecurity (STEM)

  • MS in Digital Arts (STEM)

  • MS in Electrical Engineering (STEM)

  • MS in Computer Engineering (STEM)

  • MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (STEM)

  • MS in Engineering Management (STEM)

  • Doctorate in Business Administration

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering (STEM)

  • PhD in Interdisciplinary Science (STEM)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • 9 concentrations, 39 credits for the program

    • Business Analytics (STEM)

    • Economics Business and Development

    • Enterprise Resource Planning

    • Financial Analysis and Risk Management

    • Global Entertainment Management

    • Healthcare Management

    • MBA

    • Management Information Systems

    • Project Management

CPT Programs

Other Master’s Day 1 CPT Programs

  • 39 credit hours for each program, can be completed as soon as 1 year

  1. MS in Computer Engineering (STEM)

  2. MS in Software Engineering (STEM)

  3. MS in Information and Cybersecurity (STEM)

  4. MS in Digital Arts (STEM)

  5. MS in Electrical Engineering (STEM)

  6. MS in Computer Engineering (STEM)

  7. MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (STEM)

  8. MS in Engineering Management (STEM)

Doctorate Day 1 CPT Programs

  • 60 credit hours, supports F-1 or J-1 visa, can be completed as soon as 3 years

  1. Doctorate in Business Administration

  2. PhD in Electrical Engineering (STEM)

  3. PhD in Interdisciplinary Science (STEM)

CPT Programs

| Onsite Frequency

ITU has three semesters a year (Trimester): Fall, Spring, and Summer, with each trimester lasting 15 weeks.

To be considered a full-time student, a total of 9 credits (including CPT courses) must be taken per academic year. Currently, ITU offers a hybrid learning model, providing both online and on-campus courses. Online courses cannot exceed 50% of the total course load, and overall attendance must not fall below 80%.

  • Online courses are conducted via Zoom live sessions, with attendance recorded. These classes typically take place on weekday evenings

  • On-campus courses require full participation and typically involve attending the campus once a month for an entire day, usually on weekends

| Tuition and Scholarship

Programs Tuition Per Credit Credit Total Annual Tuition Total Tuition
Master's $700 39 $19,945 $28,910
Doctor's $750 60 $15,000 $45,000

ITU’s Master’s program costs $700/ per credit, and PhD program cost $1,000/ per credit.

Note: ITU offers 25% off discount on the PhD’s tuition fee, which means students only need to pay $750/ per credit for PhD program, which is only $50 higher compare to the Master’s Degree program.

Non-Tuition Cost:

  • $100 application fee (waived for applicants who apply through us)

  • Registration Fee: $50/semester

  • Technology Fee: $150/semester

  • Student Government Association Fee: $15/semester

| Scholarships


🔥Special Scholarship Only for Students Who Apply via CPTDog:

Apply through CPTDog / GoElite and get a $100 Amazon gift card (when you enroll)

  • Easily apply

  • Special offer

  • No GPA, document requirement

  • Students are still eligible to apply for other scholarships

* GoElite MUST be mentioned in the student's original application form, or a FERPA form for GoElite must be submitted before acceptance is issued in order to qualify for the scholarship and receive referral credit.

Special Scholarship

Other Scholarships Include:

  • Status Conversion Scholarship Presidential Scholarship (PSFS)

    • Students who enroll with an F1 visa and successfully exchange for an H1B visa during their studies can enjoy a 25% tuition discount for the remaining studies.

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Financial Support (APAHMFS)

    • A 25% tuition discount for Asian American students on campus during Asian American Month (May 1-31) applies to all programs and certificates.

  • Arab American Heritage Month Financial Support (AAHMFS)

    • In recognition of Arab American Heritage Month, ITU is offering a 25% scholarship for any applicants within the Arab American community.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Financial Support (HHMFS)

    • In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, ITU is offering a 25% scholarship for any applicants within the Hispanic community.

  • African Ancestry Month Financial Support (AAMFS)

    • In recognition of African Ancestry Month, ITU offers a 25% scholarship for any applicants within the African community.

  • California Resident Financial Support (CRFS) - 25% deduction on tuition

  • Alumni Financial Support (AFS) - 25% deduction on tuition

  • First Responders Financial Support (FRFS) - 35%deduction on tuition fees for first responders and their immediate family

| Academic Calendar

Summer 2023, Start Date May 8, End Date August 25

Fall 2023 Semester-

  • Start Date: Sep 4

  • End Date: Dec 20

  • Application Deadline: Aug 5

ITU has 3 semesters a year: Fall, Spring and Summer. Please contact us for an application assistance.

| Application Guide

◎ Requirements

  1. University grades: GPA 2.75 and above / Doctor’s: 3.0 and above

  2. TOEFL 72 or IELTS 6.0 or above (if you have already obtained a degree in the United States, the language requirement is waived; or contact us to waive the language requirement through an interview directly

    Students who already had a graduate degree in the U.S.

◎ How to apply

  1. Submit the form to begin application

  2. Upload Application Documents

Please fill out the application form as instructed in the email and upload the following personal application documents:

  • Transcripts in both Chinese and English

  • Chinese and English versions of your degree certificate and graduation certificate

  • Proof of English proficiency

  • Chinese and English bank statements showing the required funds (Master's: $39,260 USD; Doctoral: $60,000-70,000 USD) Sponsorship is accepted

  • Copy of your passport

  • Personal statement in English

  • English version of your resume

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