Generation UK–India

What is Generation UK–India?

Are you a Higher or Further Education institution in the UK? Do you already send or want to send your students on placements to India? Get involved in Generation UK-India.

Generation UK–India is a programme that aims to promote international experience and build engagement and trust between the UK and India. The British Council is working with partners to create opportunities for young people and professionals from the UK to gain study and work experience in India. 

Programme objectives

  • creating more opportunities for UK young people and professionals to engage with India
  • supporting UK institutions and the UK government in their aims to increase access to international experience for young people in the UK
  • developing the skills and experience of the future UK workforce increasing  its competitiveness in the global economy
  • building deeper, wider and stronger understanding between India and the UK creating links that will be the basis for future collaboration
  • internationalising Indian companies and academic institutions through the hosting of ambitious and talented individuals from the UK

What is on offer for academic institutions in the UK?

Generation UK-India can benefit your institution by: 

  • promoting the benefits of gaining experience and skills abroad
  • increasing the number of students from your institution undertaking international experience
  • helping with the development of new partnerships with organisations in India
  • supporting existing partnerships and placements with India 
  • offering briefings and training on campus or in India for staff and students

Read about Robert Gordon’s recent visit to Manipal University  and the support received from the British Council and the Generation UK-India programme.

What is on offer for young people in the UK?

We are working with Indian organisations to offer:

In addition to offering placements, we aim to increase engagement with India by

  • highlighting the benefits of gaining experience in India
  • offering advice, guidance and training to individuals interested in pursuing opportunities
  • creating a network of alumni to inspire further participation
  • supporting institutions to develop new and existing placements in India for students

Generation UK–India so far

Generation UK-India has the ambition of bringing about a real change in the numbers of young people from the UK undertaking experience in India. To date the programme has received more than 4000 applications from over 130 different UK institutions and from a range of academic backgrounds. Over 1000 participants have now had the chance to experience India and the programme has 3 corporate partners TCS, KPMG and Air India.

  • 250 teaching assistants have inspired pupils and gained experience of the Indian education in over 120 schools across 19 different states. 
  • 400 young people and professionals from the UK gained an insight into Indian society, education, technology and business on our cultural immersion placements supported by UKIERI and delivered with IndoGenius.
  • 285 students and graduates spent 2-3 weeks studying in an Indian university in 2016 with courses ranging from social entrepreneurship and gender studies to yoga and Bollywood.
  • In our first year of our internship programme with TCS we have sent 17 interns to gain experience in one of the largest technology companies in the world.
  • We have supported UK universities with their own placements and exchanges. Read about the Robert Gordon University Go: India programme which saw students recently undertake a placement to Manipal University.

You can also read about the experiences of Generation UK-India participants on our India Inspirations page.

How to get involved

Submit your details via our expression of interest form to request support from the Generation UK–India team. 

Young people and professionals wishing to participate in Generation UK–India should visit the India opportunities page on Study Work Create. 

If you are an organisation in India and are interested in getting involved or in hosting a placement please visit our British Council India website

Follow the journeys of the first cohort of participants via #GenUKIndia.