Generation UK: creating opportunities for UK students in China

Study and work in China

Think of China and you can’t help but be drawn into its rich history – the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors. But the focus in China is very much on the future, and now it’s established itself as a truly global economy, there are plenty of opportunities to experience this dynamic and vibrant country.

Through Generation UK, the British Council has opened up a range of opportunities in China, giving you the chance to experience this unique country while gaining valuable skills for the future.

Internships in China

Give yourself the edge when it comes to applying for jobs through a two-month internship in China. You can choose your own work sector, which of six booming cities you want to work in and a start date that suits you. 

Study in China

Learn Mandarin and get a deeper understanding of China by studying at a Chinese university with a Generation UK scholarship. Scholarships are for five to 12 months of study, in various locations across China, and in a combination of different subjects.

Teach in China

With year-long, paid placements and light teaching hours, becoming a Language Assistant is a unique way to experience China and develop essential transferrable skills. Experience of working in China is in huge demand in the workplace and as well as the language, you will develop a great cultural understanding of this fascinating country.

Research in China

Complete your doctoral study in China! UK PhD students and supervisors can spend a period of study of three to 12 months at higher education institutions in China with the UK-China PhD Placement Programme. Grants cover flights, accommodation, insurance, tuition, and a living stipend.

Be inspired to go to China

Want to know more about what it is really like to live in China? 

Check out Instagram photos taken by Generation UK participants who are abroad right now, or read stories from other British nationals who have experienced China.

Watch our short videos of past participants talking about how the experience has helped them in their lives and careers.

Work in China


There are many more opportunities in China available to you than the ones mentioned above, and we’re here to help you find the best way to experience the country for yourself. Please send us an email at if you’d like to know more about current opportunities in China.


Apply for current vacancies at the British Council in China.

Find out more about living and travelling in China

Get involved with Chinese links to organisations based in the UK

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