What is Academic Training?
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.
How long is Academic Training?
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:
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.