Academic Training

Off Campus Employment for J-1 Students

Academic Training (AT) is the opportunity for J-1 students to apply knowledge gained in the program of study to off-campus work. AT is authorized by OGS. The steps below will walk you through the AT application process. J-1 students are immediately eligible to apply for AT.


Review Eligibility Requirements

  • The job/internship must be related to your field of study.
  • AT may be used before or after completion of the academic program.
  • AT period cannot exceed the length of the program (e.g. Fall-only exchange students have 4 months of AT available).

Submit Academic Training Application

  • Post-completion AT
    • Additional documents needed:
      • Proof of health insurance
      • Financial documentation for the post-completion period of stay (Estimate: $2,300 per month)
    • AT applications must be received and approved prior to the end date on the DS-2019.
  • If your application is approved, your Academic Training authorization will be complete once you have a new Form DS-2019 with the AT site and dates listed in Box 5 on the Form DS-2019. (Processing Time: 3-5 business days).

Academic Training Guidelines

  • Employment may only begin on the start date noted on the DS-2019.
  • AT applications must be received 3-5 days prior to the start of employment
  • AT applications must be approved prior to the requested start date of employment.
  • Post-Completion Academic Training
    • You must extend the DS-2019 form for the Academic Training period. Apply for AT at least 3-5 days before the program end date on the DS-2019 Form.
    • Travel
      • a valid passport (valid six months into the future)
      • a valid J-1 entry visa stamp in the passport
      • original DS-2019 Form signed for travel in the last 6 months
      • financial documentation or job offer letter with salary noted
    • Reporting Requirements:
      • Address: The Department of Homeland Security requires all J-1 students to report any change of local address to OGS within 10 days of moving to a new residence. GU alumni working with AT should use our Online Address and Employment Update Form.
      • J-1 Academic Training: J-1 students working with post-completion Academic Training must submit an AT Request Form for each new or extended period of training. Requests must be received in OGS at least 10 days PRIOR to the expiration of the current DS-2019. All request forms must be accompanied by proof of health insurance as well as sufficient funds for living expenses.