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Academic Training (J-1 Visa Holders Only)

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


  • Currently in J-1 Status.
  • Maintaining status at Monmouth University and enrolled full-time.
  • Have an offer for a training opportunity directly related to your field of study.
  • Having previously discussed your academic training opportunity with your academic advisor. Your advisor needs to provide a recommendation for our office to review and use in 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-academic training that is pursued.
  • All academic training is considered full-time, regardless of the number hours worked.
  • Pre-completion academic training is training that begins and concludes during your enrolled coursework at Monmouth University.
  • Post-completion academic training is training that either continues from pre-completion academic training or begins after you have completed your coursework or academic program, but before your current DS-2019 expires. Although authorization must occur before the DS-2019 expires, any employment that does not continue from pre-academic training must begin within 30 days after completing your studies. Additionally, engaging in post-completion academic training requires an extension of the DS-2019, for which additional financial and insurance information is required.
  • Your academic advisor must complete a recommendation for your academic training approval, which should 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.