Academic Training is off-campus work authorization for J-1 students either during or after their program of study. Students may have multiple employers and the work can be paid or unpaid. Academic training is considered full-time work, even if it is on a part-time basis.
Please note that the OIS cannot approve Academic Training for J-1 students not sponsored by EMU. If the DS-2019 was not issued by EMU, for example Fulbright students, students should consult with their sponsor for Academic Training approval.
The duration of Academic Training is equal to the length of study. For example, if a student completes their 4-month program of study at EMU, they are eligible for 4 months of Academic Training. Undergraduates and graduate students have an Academic Training maximum limit of 18 months. Non-degree students only have a total of 2 years, inclusive of their study at EMU and eligible Academic Training.
The eligible student must submit the following to OIS at least one week prior to the DS-2019 end date:
Yes, you need to have health insurance during Academic Training, as required by the U.S. Department of State. Proof of health insurance is required at the time of Academic Training application.
Should you not be able to extend your EMU plan for the entire duration of your Academic Training due to the timing of when the next year’s plan is offered, you are required to submit a copy of your extended plan before the current one used for the Academic Training application expires.