ISSS - J-1 Students - Academic Training

Contact Information

Henry Barnard Hall, Room 406
860.832.2047 (fax)

Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Toyin Awoderu Ayeni
Associate Director
International Student and Scholar Services, CIE 


Academic Training

Immigration permits lawful J-1 students the opportunity to gain practical work experience related to their field of study during their exchange program. By law, Academic Training must be approved by the Academic Advisor and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), and be an integral or critical part of the student’s academic program.

Eligibility Requirements:

You must:

  • Hold valid J-1 status
  • Be in the U.S. primarily to study rather than to work
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Receive written approval in advance

Requires Documents to be Submitted to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

  • Letter of Employment:
    • On company letterhead and signed by a company official
    • Stating a brief job description showing relation to your field of study
    • Stating dates of employment: beginning and ending
    • Stating the total salary and number of weekly hours
    • Academic Advisor Recommendation Form


  • An extended DS-2019 will be issued with the Academic Training salary listed in the appropriate funding source and the following notation in the remarks box: “Academic Training: mm/dd/yyyy - mm/dd/yyyy”.


Please submit your documents to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for processing. You will be contacted within two (2) weeks for a signature and to pick up your new DS-2019.

NOTE: It is illegal to begin employment before you receive authorization from your Immigration Specialist, and you are only permitted to work within the dates specified. Academic Training is permitted at any stage of your exchange program, while you are enrolled or after completion of your program. Academic Training must be requested prior to the exchange program ending date and must commence within thirty (30) days or prior to the start of the following semester. Academic Training is job specific yet may involve sequential or simultaneous activities with several employers with the appropriate authorization. Academic Training may be full-time or part-time. It may not exceed the amount of time spent in the full course of study.