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Academic Training (J-1 Visa Holders Only)

Any off-campus employment for a J-1 student would be considered academic training (AT) and would need to be authorized by the ISS office before the student can participate. Training opportunities can vary greatly between an internship, volunteer work, jobs, or anything that will allow to gain experience and further your academic objectives.


  • Currently in J-1 Status
  • Maintaining status at MU and enrolled full-time.
  • Have an offer for a training opportunity directly related to the students’ field of study.
  • having previously discussed with your academic advisor your academic training opportunity. They will need to provide a recommendation for our office to review evaluating an academic training application.

Things to Know

  • Academic Training can take place at any time during your studies.
  • Academic Training is limited to a maximum of 18 months or the length of your enrollment or academic program, whichever is shorter. The maximum of 18 months would consist of any and all pre or post AT that is pursued.
  • All Academic Training will be considered full time no matter how many hours are being worked.
  • Pre-completion Academic Training – Training that starts and ends during your enrolled coursework at Monmouth University.
  • Post-completion Academic Training- Training that continues on from pre-completion AT or training that begins after your completion of coursework/academic program and before the current DS-2019 expires. Although the authorization will need to take place before the DS-2019 expires the actual employment, if not a continuation from pre-AT, would need to start within 30 days after the completion of studies. Additionally, doing academic training post completion would require and extension of the DS-2019 so additional financials and insurance information would be needed.
  • Your academic advisor will need to complete a recommendation for your academic training approval and must include the following information:
    • The goals and objectives of the specific academic training program
    • How the academic training relates to your major field of study.
    • Why it is an integral or critical part of your academic program.
    • Academic Training site (name of organization/employer providing training)
    • Academic Training address
    • Name of training supervisor
    • Number of hours per week
    • Start and end date of training