Academic Training for J-1 Students

Academic training is the name the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program uses for employment training or practical experience related to a student's field of study. It is fairly flexible and offers a variety of paid and unpaid, full-time or part-time, training or employment situations, with one or more employers, to supplement a student's academic program in the U.S.

Academic training is available at any stage of a student's academic program, either while enrolled in school or after completion of an academic program, as long as the student maintains valid J-1 status, follows the appropriate application and approval procedures, and stays within the stated time limits.

Academic Training authorization must be processed before the student's official academic program completion date. In addition, the academic training/employment must begin within the first 30 days after the official academic program completion date.