J-1 students may be eligible to work off-campus to gain work experience in their field of study through Academic Training (AT). AT may take place before or after the completion of your degree and requires authorization from your J-1 sponsor; your sponsor is listed in Box #2 of your DS-2019. Students sponsored by UW-Madison must complete the J-1 Academic Training Application in their Terra Dotta portal.
As an international student, you MUST have authorization BEFORE participating in Academic Training.
Important note: It is a requirement by the U.S. Department of State that Academic Training must be completed fully in person or on a hybrid schedule. Hybrid positions may be a maximum of 40% (e.g., 2 out of 5 days a week) remote. Positions that are fully remote are not eligible for Academic Training.
Pre-Completion Academic Training application – J-1 students requesting off-campus work authorization during their program for employment training or practical experience
Post-Completion Academic Training application – J-1 students requesting off-campus work authorization after their program for employment training or practical experience