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Off-Campus Employment

J-1 students may engage in off-campus employment under the options specified below.  You may not begin employment off-campus before obtaining written authorization from the ISSO.  Please contact your ISSO advisor if you have questions about any of the following options:

Students Who Wish to Gain Experience Related to Their Field of Study

Academic Training (AT)
J-1 students may participate in off-campus training that is directly related to their major field of study.  AT may take place both during study and after completion of studies.  However, there are time limitations as to when AT may begin and how long it may last.

Students Experiencing Unexpected Financial Difficulties
The following benefits may be available to J-1 students who, through circumstances beyond their control, are experiencing an unforeseen loss of funds that is affecting their ability to continue studying in the United States. Please read the eligibility requirements carefully:

Economic Necessity
Off-campus employment permission that does not have to be related to a student's field of study, but is restricted to 20 hours per week while school is in session.  However, any hours already being used during a semester toward employment under the terms of a scholarship, fellowship or assistantship, or any on-campus employment will count against this limit.

Special Student Relief
This special provision is only available to students who began continuous study in J-1 status BEFORE June 10, 1998 and whose main source of funding comes from Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, or the Philippines.  It allows for both on-campus and off-campus work permission that is neither restricted by the 20-hour-per-week limit, nor does it have to be related to the student's field of study.


Boston University
February 28, 2005

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office