Academic Training (AT) is employment, training, or experience related to a student's major field of study as indicated on their DS-2019. Academic training may involve sequential or simultaneous activities, either paid or unpaid, with several employers, occurring before or after degree completion, provided that all eligibility requirements are met and approval procedures are followed for each employer and activity, and the maximum eligibility time limits are not exceeded.
For students whose DS-2019's were issued by ESF, Academic Training authorization is granted by the Office of International Education; for sponsored students (e.g., Fulbright), Academic Training is authorized by your J-1 Program Sponsor.
To be eligible for Academic Training, you must:
Maximum Period of Academic Training Eligibility
Earning more than one degree does not increase your eligibility for Academic Training.
Undergraduate and Pre-Doctoral Training (Pre and Post-Completion)
Part-Time Academic Training Is Deducted at the Full-Time Rate
All academic training is counted as full time, even if employment is on a part-time basis.
To apply for initial authorization or renewal of your Academic Training, you must submit the following to the Office of International Education:
How the academic training relates to the student's major field of study; and
Why it is an integral or critical part of the academic program of the student.