J-1 Academic Training


  • Can be taken before or after program completion.
  • Part-time while classes are in session, full-time during vacation periods.
  • Full-time during session may be possible if all coursework completed and only dissertation remains.
  • Duration up to 18 months for graduate students, 36 months for post-doctorates
  • Authorization is granted by the institution that issued your DS-2019.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Valid J-1 status.
  • Good academic standing.
  • Proposed employment is directly related to your major field of study.
  • Maintain J status requirements during training, such as enrollment, insurance coverage and maintenance of your DS-2019.

Application Process

  1. Make an appointment to meet with an international student advisor to review the requirements and limitations of the Academic Training period and obtain a request form.
  2. Have the form completed and signed by the appropriate academic personnel.
  3. Submit the form to the International Student Services Office (ISSO).

Processing is three business days. You will be emailed with a new DS-2019 is ready for pickup noting the work/training authorization.

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