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J-1 Academic Training

Students in J-1 status may be authorized to participate in Academic Training to gain practical work experience in their field of study. You may be authorized for Academic Training during your program or after you have finished your study. You must receive written approval from International Programs at least two weeks before the end of your program and before you begin working.


  • You must have a valid DS-2019 issued by Roosevelt University.  If your DS-2019 was not issued by Roosevelt University, please contact your program sponsor regarding Academic Training authorization requirements and procedures.
  • You must be maintaining your J-1 student status and in good academic standing.
  • Academic Training must be directly related to your field of study as listed on your DS-2019.
  • You must have permission from your home institution or sponsor to engage in practical training.
  • You must have an internship offer and request authorization before the end date listed on your DS-2019 (no extensions or academic training authorizations can be issued after the program expiration date).


  • Academic Training may be granted for a maximum of 18 months or the period of time spent as a full-time J-1 student at Roosevelt, whichever is shorter. For example, if you are on a one-semester program, you are eligible for a maximum of one semester (i.e. four months) of Academic Training.
  • Academic Training can be full-time or part-time.
  • Internships must begin with 30 days after program completion.


Step I

Submit the following documents to the Office of International Programs:

  • Letter from you internship employer including: a description of the training program, company’s location, name and contact information of your internship supervisor, number of hours per week you will be working, and exact dates you will be working (beginning and ending dates).
  • Letter (this may be an email or fax) from your home institution or J-1 sponsor approving your eligibility to engage in academic training based on the internship offer letter and appropriateness of training program.
Step II
  • International student advsiror will evaluate the above Academic Training documentation.
  • If Academic Training is granted, International Programs  will issue you a letter authorizing you to engage such an internship
  • Your for Form DS-2019 will be extended to reflect the length of your academic training.
Step III
  • Pick up your DS-2019 and the Academic Training authorization letter from the Office of International Programs.
  • Please allow 3 full business days to complete your request.