J-1 Student Academic Training Information and Academic Training Application

J-1 academic training is designed to allow J-1 students the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical work experience off-campus. It is available before the completion of your program of study as well as afterward. As long as you stay within the stipulated time limits, it lets you work part-time while classes are in session and full-time during vacation periods. J-1 students in non-degree programs are eligible for Academic Training.

Eligibility

  • Your primary purpose in the United States must be study rather than Academic Training until you complete your program of study.
  • You must be in good academic standing at the school named on your Form DS-2019.
  • The proposed employment must be directly related to your major field of study.
  • Throughout your AT you must maintain permission to stay in the United States, in J-1 student status, and apply for extensions of your DS-2019 as necessary.
  • You must maintain health insurance coverage for yourself and any J-2 dependents throughout your AT.

Limitations

  • You must first obtain approval from our office. The approval will come in the form of an updated DS-2019. We must evaluate the proposed employment in terms of your program of study and your individual circumstances, and then decide whether it would be appropriate or not.
  • If your DS-2019 was not issued by Temple University, you may not apply for academic training through International Student and Scholar Services. Contact the organization that issued you your DS-2019. 
  • Employment may be authorized for the length of time necessary to complete the goals and objectives of the training, provided that the amount of time is approved by [both] the academic dean or advisor and our office
  • Academic Training may not exceed "the period of full course of study" or 18 months, whichever is shorter. However, if you receive a Ph.D., your "post-doctoral training" may last as long as 36 months. Additional Academic Training, beyond the 18- or 36- month limit is allowed only if it is required for the degree.
  • Part-time employment for Academic Training counts against the 18- or 36-month limit the same as full-time employment.
  • Earning more than one degree does not increase your eligibility for Academic Training. Additionally, the US Department of State has issued a policy stating that if a student completes a program of study and then engages in Academic Training, that student may not go on to pursue another degree in J-1 Exchange Visitor status. A student may, however, complete an undergraduate degree, go on to pursue a graduate degree and then do academic training.

Example:

1. Student completes undergraduate degree and engages in eighteen months of academic training. This student may not go on to graduate studies without changing his/her visa status. S/he must apply for a change of non-immigrant visa classification. A student may not change his/her visa status if s/he is subject to the two-year home residency requirement.

2. Student completes an undergraduate degree. The student applies for and is admitted to a graduate program in the same field of study. S/he may continue in J-1 Exchange Visitor status and then apply for academic training.

Consider the following when preparing to apply for Academic Training

  • Academic Training approved after completion of your program must be reduced by any prior periods of Academic Training.
  • Your employment must be authorized within 30 days of completing your program. Usually, you must begin work within those 30 days. However, some students in special situations may begin "within a time frame that reflects the realities of the workplace". An example is a student who completes a program in May, but is offered a teaching position that does not begin until September 1, will be eligible to begin his/her employment in September provided that:
    • S/he makes the application for academic training within 30 days of completing the program.
    • S/he realizes that s/he will lose three months of the time allowed for Academic Training.
  • If you plan to leave the United States after you complete your program of study and reenter the country for J-1 Academic Training, you must obtain employment authorization before you leave.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your DS-2019 does not expire while you are engaged in Academic Training.

Employment without proper authorization is a serious violation of your status. Remember that before you start any kind of employment, you must first consult your J-1 Responsible Officer, whose written approval is necessary in advance.