Academic Training (AT)

Read this First!

Academic Training (AT), for many, is the next, important step to achieving their goals.  However, applying for AT can be difficult and confusing.  Failing to submit a form or missing a deadline may prevent you from being approved for AT.  OIPS has developed an online AT workshop that will serve as your guide.  The workshop consists of two videos: Maintaining J-1 Status (4:10) and Academic Training (7:59).

Important: Watch the two videos BEFORE you apply for AT!

Christine’s Tip

Christine Bodziak is an international student advisor in OIPS. She joined the OIPS team in 2016 and advises J-1 students about immigration regulations.

OIPS advisors attend regular training to make sure they provide students with up-to-date information. Rules and regulations can change. Your friend's advice may not be correct or may not apply.  Always consult the OIPS website or meet with and OIPS advisor to discuss your case.

Part I

In this video, you will review important rules that apply to students in J-1 status.

Part II

In this video, you will review the requirements for Academic Training.

The Application Process

If you would like to apply for Academic Training, you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Go to the OIPS Self-Service Center
  2. Enter "Academic Training" in the search box above the table
  3. Follow the instructions

Travel while on Academic Training

If you are on Academic Training and plan to travel internationally, please remember to bring:

  1. Your passport (valid for at least six more months from the time you plan to re-enter the U.S.)
  2. A valid, unexpired J-1 visa stamp
  3. Your DS-2019 with a travel signature (it is valid if it has been signed within the last 12 months)
  4. Your Academic Training job offer
  5. Your OIPS Academic Training Authorization Letter

If you are on Academic Training and your J-1 visa has expired, OIPS does not recommend that you travel outside the U.S.

Remember: Re-admission to the U.S. is at the sole discretion of the immigration officer at the time of re-entry.