Academic Training is employment/training that is directly related to a student’s major field of study. It must be a direct application of the student’s coursework and/or research to a professional position. The student’s academic advisor or Dean must evaluate all Academic Training request as effectively connected to the student’s field of study. Academic Training may be divided into two basic categories:

  • Pre-completion - prior to completion of requirements for the degree
  • Post-completion - once all coursework or all degree requirements have been completed

Time Limitations on Pre-and-Post Completion Academic Training

In general, J-1 students are granted up to 18 months of Academic Training to be used on a pre-completion and/or post-completion basis. Note, however, the following exceptions:

  • The length of your Academic Training may not exceed the length of your program’s classroom time. For example, if your J-1 program is only 12 months, you cannot receive more than 12 months of Academic Training.
  • Doctoral students may be eligible for a second 18 months of Academic Training, for a total of 36 months. The second 18 months can only be applied toward post-completion Academic Training, i.e., for qualified positions following completion of all requirements for the degree.

There is no distinction between "part-time" or "full-time" Academic Training. Every month that you are authorized is deducted as a month used, regardless of whether or not the position is part-time or full-time.

Eligibility Criteria and Deadlines

In order to apply for Academic Training, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:


  • Be a full-time student at Yeshiva University in J-1 status.
  • Have an offer for a qualified training position in your field of studies.
  • Your employment must not exceed 20 hours per week during the school year if you are still taking classes.
  • Have a valid, activated DS-2019 from Yeshiva University and otherwise be in J-1 status.
  • You must apply prior to starting the employment.


  • Have been a full-time student and completed your program in a timely manner.
  • Have an offer for a qualified training position in your field of studies. If you do not have a training offer, you cannot apply for Academic Training.
  • The position may be paid or unpaid. If the position is unpaid, you must provide financial documentation showing that you are capable of meeting your living expenses while on Academic Training. ($2000 per month or $24000 per year)
  • Provide evidence of health insurance coverage during the requested post-completion Academic Training period. The insurance must comply with the J-1 regulatory requirements.
  • Apply for Academic Training within 30 days of completing your studies (i.e., the date you finish the work for your degree) or before your current DS-2019 expires, whichever comes first.
  • Academic Training is job-specific; you must have a training offer in order to apply.
  • You may work either full-time or part-time while on Academic Training.
  • J-1 post-completion Academic Training does not allow for any "gaps" in employment. That is, if a J-1 student changes employers, the work period must be uninterrupted.

Procedure to Apply

Applying for Academic Training work permission is a three-step process:

  1. Obtain an offer letter from your employer;
  2. Request a recommendation letter from your academic advisor or Dean; and lastly
  3. Make an appointment with the YU international student advisor to obtain approval.

Please see the J-1 Academic Training application for complete instructions.

Once you are authorized for J-1 AT, you need to have a U.S. social security number in order to get paid, if you do not already have on.