Academic Training

J-1 students may obtain work authorization through Academic Training (AT) either before or after they complete their degree or exchange program, provided they have completed at least one semester at Brandeis.

Pre-completion AT

Pre-completion AT authorization allows J-1 students to work part-time while classes are in session and full-time during vacation periods (summer, winter break, etc.).

Post-completion AT

Post-completion AT requires J-1 students to obtain a written offer of appropriate full- or part-time employment related to your field of study no later than 30 days after you complete your program. Students must provide this letter and request for AT authorization to their ISSO advisor (or in the case of students sponsored by a 3rd party, your J-1 Responsible Officer) so that they may begin working no later than 30 days after the program end date.


You may not begin your AT until the ISSO has given you written authorization. Working improperly or without authorization is a serious violation of your J-1 status and would result in the loss of benefits normally granted to J-1 students.

To complete the Academic Training Application, please click on the ISSO Portal button in the sidebar.