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). You must maintain some kind of enrollment if engaging in Academic Training during a required term (such as an internship course, research credits, co-op course, etc.). 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.