As a J-1 student, you may be able to receive authorization for employment in your field of study, such as internships, practicums, or fieldwork.
Academic Training must be an integral part of your overall academic goals. This work may be done full time or part time before or immediately after you complete your program.
To work with Academic Training authorization, the employment must be in your field of study, must be recommended by your academic advisor, and must be authorized in writing by the International Student Office before you begin the employment.
To be eligible for authorization, you must meet the following requirements:
You may apply for Academic Training authorization from ISO by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to attach a copy of a letter from the prospective employer, on company/institution letterhead, stating:
Your authorization will take the form of a letter authorizing your employment under Academic Training. In cases where you will be working after graduation, you will also receive a new DS-2019 which will list the period of authorization you've been granted.
Note: The letter authorizing you for Academic Training states the specific employer, dates, and location of employment. If there are any changes to the employment or you wish to work for a new employer, you must complete the entire application process again, and you must have the new authorization before beginning the new job.
|ACADEMIC TRAINING RULES AND REGULATIONS||
To stay legally employed while on Academic Training, report any of the following to ISO within 10 days of the occurrence:
Most J-1 students are eligible for up to 18 months of Academic Training. However, the total Academic Training period may not exceed the amount of time spent in the full course of study. An additional 18 months may be possible for those who pursue and complete a Ph.D. program.
Non-degree students will be eligible for less than 18 months of Academic Training. As a non-degree student, you are only eligible to be in J-1 status for a total of 24 months—this includes your period of study and any Academic Training. If you are a non-degree student who has studied for one semester at WKU, you will be eligible for the equivalent of one semesters' worth of Academic Training authorization.
Academic Training may be taken in one period after completion of your program, or you may divide it by doing some in the summers, some part time while you are still taking classes and the remainder after graduation. If you obtain permission for six months of Academic Training during or after a bachelor's degree and continue to study in a master's program that is 18 months or longer, you will be eligible only for another 12 months of Academic Training in connection with your master's degree.
|TRAVEL WHILE ON ACADEMIC TRAINING||
While traveling outside the U.S. on Academic Training, you are advised to carry the following:
Traveling while on Academic Training after completion of your program of study can present challenges. If your J-1 visa stamp is expired, we recommend that you not travel outside of the United States while you are on Academic Training authorization.