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Study in the U.S.


Academic Training

A period of study in the United States can be academically, culturally and personally enriching. It is also an important career credential, especially if it includes work experience in a U.S. company, government agency, or non-profit organization. Academic training allows ISEP participants to gain this valuable work experience at a U.S.-based company.

"Academic training" is a term used by the U.S. Department of State for J-1 visa students who wish to intern or work in the United States as part of their academic program. This work experience can be paid or unpaid, and must relate to your field of study at your host university (the field of study listed on your DS-2019)

Many students participate in academic training after they have completed their academic program at the host university, but you are also eligible to participate during the exchange semester as long as the work does not exceed 20 hours per week.

In order to participate in academic training, you must apply and be approved by ISEP in advance. You cannot participate in academic training without ISEP's approval, or start work before receiving approval.

How to Apply for Academic Training

In order to apply, you will need to submit the documents listed below. All documents must arrive at the ISEP Central office at least two weeks prior to the end date listed on the student's DS-2019 or two weeks before employment begins, whichever is sooner. These applications will incur a $100 processing fee. Applications received between one and two weeks prior to the DS-2019 end date or prior to the start of employment will incur a $150 processing fee. Applications received within one week will not be processed. Forms and documents may be scanned and submitted via email but please send all documents together -incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note that students are required to pay a $100 or $150 processing fee for Academic Training.

The required documents for all academic training applicants are as follows:

1) Academic Training Authorization Request

2) Offer letter from prospective employer that includes the following (sample included in the application):

3) Statement from Academic Advisor (form included in the application)

4) Student Payment Form

For students participating in post-exchange academic training, you will also need to submit the following:

1) Student Health Insurance Enrollment Form

2) Proof of funding (for post-exchange applicants only):

Please contact your host ISEP Coordinator for help with your application. They will provide you with the necessary forms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Am I eligible for academic training?

Q: When can I participate in academic training?

Q: For how long am I allowed to do academic training?

Q: How do I know if a position qualifies for academic training?

Q: How do I find an academic training position?

Q: What are the costs involved?