J-1 Academic Training

What is J-1 Academic Training (AT)?

The J-1 AT is designed to allow J-1 students the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical work experience off campus. 

Academic Training:

  • Should be directly related to the major field of study listed on your DS-2019 (refer to the Subject/Field code on your DS-2019).

  • Is available for full- or part-time employment to those in degree and non-degree programs.

  • Can be paid or unpaid.

  • Can be used before or after the completion of the academic program.

Applying for AT
Review the AT Overview
Complete your AT Application
Review the Important Considerations when accepting an AT opportunity


1. Academic Training (AT) Overview


2. Application Process & Deadlines

  • You must receive AT Authorization before beginning employment, including any related orientation or training.

  • For post-completion AT, you must receive authorization from ISSS before your program completion date and before the end date on your DS-2019.  We recommend applying at least 3 weeks before your end date.

  • Post-completion AT employment may begin up to 30 days after your program completion.

  • Submit your AT electronic form in iPenn. After you log in with your Pennkey, you will find "AT Request" under Student Services in the left menu.

  • If your requested AT authorization dates will occur at any point after completion of your academic program, you will be prompted to pay the $185 ($180 if received by July 31, 2021.) ISSS Processing Fee after submitting the eform in iPenn.

  • If you meet the requirements for AT, the RO/ARO will issue a letter authorizing your employment for a specified period of time along with an updated DS-2019.  Please allow 3-5 business days for processing.  During the peak / high-volume period, processing may take longer.


3. Important Considerations