International Student Services
The Department of State defines academic training (known as simply 'AT ') as an opportunity for a student "to participate in an academic training program during his or her studies, without wages or other renumeration" [22 C.F.R. § 62.23 (f) (1)]. Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking J-1 exchange students may engage in academic training.
To be eligible for Academic Training permission, J-1 students must:
- Be primarily in the U.S. to study rather than engage in Academic Training,
- Be participating in Academic Training that is directly related to their major field of study at Champlain College,
- Hold valid J-1 non-immigrant status and have an unexpired DS-2019,
- Be in good academic standing at Champlain College, and
- Receive written approval in advance from their ARO for the duration and type of academic training.
Academic Training Application Procedures
For degree and non-degree seeking students, Academic Training can only be authorized in SEVIS for the period of time spent enrolled as a student (example: Javier, a J-1 exchange student, has been enrolled at Champlain College for 12 months. S/He is eligible for 12 months of Academic Training).
Please note that for non-degree seeking J-1 exchange students there is a 24 month limitation on participation. This includes time enrolled as a student and any Academic Training.
For degree-seeking J-1 exchange students, there is an 18 month maximum on Academic Training (this includes time spent on Academic Training both during and after the program).
For post-completion Academic Training, the start date for employment must be the day after the completion of the student's program indicated on the student's Form DS-2019. There cannot be any gaps in a J-1 exchange student's program, including Academic Training.