J-1 Academic Training

J-1 Academic Training

Academic Training is a type of work authorization available to international students in J-1 status who wish to work off campus. It is defined as training related to the student’s field of study listed on his/her DS-2019 document.

Students may be eligible to engage in Academic Training during or soon after completion (within 30 days) of their studies. J-1 students are potentially eligible for one month of Academic Training for each month in their academic program, with a cap of 18 months of Academic Training total. (An additional 18 months may be possible for post-doctoral positions.) Students may be eligible to engage in Academic Training while still enrolled in a program of study or may wish to wait until after their program completion to begin. Post-completion academic training must be full-time (at least 20 hours per week). The time spent on Academic Training is not pro-rated for part-time employment. For example, a student who engages in four months of part-time Academic Training will have the full four months deducted from their Academic Training eligibility period. The J-1 must maintain health insurance for his/herself and any J-2 dependents for the entire duration of Academic Training. See health insurance requirements here.

Enrollment Requirement

Students must maintain some kind of enrollment if engaging in Academic Training during a required term. If the internship takes place over a summer vacation term and is required for the degree, the student must also have enrollment during the summer to meet the degree requirement.