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UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars

International students on J-1 visa status have the opportunity to engage in paid or unpaid employment/internship directly related to their major field of study during or after completion of their studies and provided certain requirements are met. Such employment is termed Academic Training and is authorized in writing by DCISS. See below for eligibility requirements and application process.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ON ACADEMIC TRAINING: The U.S. Department of State has recently announced that academic training cannot be fully virtual. In-person presence at the site of activity is required to fulfill J-1 academic training requirements. The academic training must at least provide a hybrid model (both virtual and in-person elements). This policy will be applied to any Post-Completion Academic Training applications.

Degree Students

J-1 Degree Students at UCLA may have the opportunity to engage in paid or unpaid employment/internship anywhere in the U.S. which is directly related to their major, during or after completion of their studies, provided certain requirements are met.

Academic Training Instructions for Degree Students

Academic Training Request Form

Academic Training Application Submission Form

*The U.S. Department of State has announced an initiative for College and University Student-category exchange visitors participating in academic training in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Undergraduate and masters students are now eligible for a maximum of 36 months of academic training or the period of the full course of study in the United States, whichever is less. The initiative will run for the next two academic years (2021-2022 and 2022-2023) for degree students who meet the academic training requirements.

Exchange Students

J-1 Exchange Students under the Education Abroad Program (EAP) or UCLA Student Exchange Programs (e.g. LAW) may have the opportunity to engage in paid or unpaid employment/internship anywhere in the U.S. which is directly related to their major, during or after completion of their studies, provided certain requirements are met.

Academic Training Instructions for Exchange Students

Academic Training Request Form

Academic Training Application Submission Form

Evaluations

Academic Training evaluations are a requirement of the U.S. Department of State.

The supervisor and student must submit the end-of-program evaluation one week prior to the end of the Academic Training or, if applicable, before an application to extend Academic Training is submitted by the student.

Academic Training Supervisor Evaluation Form

Academic Training Student Evaluation Form