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We are working hard to deliver as many of our activities as we can while following government and health authority guidance in the countries we operate. 

The health and wellbeing of our students, colleagues and partners is our priority.

Where it is not currently safe or practical to change to have face-to-face activities, we are putting projects on hold or moving to digital versions of these activities.

The status of our outgoing mobility programmes is below.


UK students and staff currently participating in the Erasmus+ programme should talk to their home institution for advice regarding Erasmus+ and Covid-19 and visit the Erasmus+ website for further updates.

English Language Assistants (ELA) programme

We will contact ELAs on placements on a country-by-country basis should the government make any significant announcements. Those taking part in the programme should sign up to FCDO travel alerts for their destination and stay up-to-date with any restrictions on re-entry to the UK.

In 2021-22 placements in some destinations were impacted by travel restrictions but the majority were able to go ahead as planned.

Applications for placements in 2022-23 are proceeding as normal. We continue to liaise with our overseas partners to stay up to date with restrictions which may affect the ELA lifecycle. 

There may be unexpected delays to the process due to Covid-19 and we will inform candidates accordingly.

The British Council Language Assistants programme has no official policy on vaccinations but applicants should be aware of and abide by vaccination regulations in the destinations they are applying for, and regulations implemented by individual schools, local authorities and offices which you may need access to.

We will communicate updates directly to applicants and will continue to work with universities to understand their plans for students undertaking a year abroad. 

Internships in China and Language and Internship Programme

The health, welfare and safety of programme participants and staff remain our priority.

We are therefore offering online internships only through the Generation UK programme in 2022. Students and recent graduates from England, Scotland and Wales can apply for an online internship in January and February 2022, with start dates in March 2022 to work with a company in China.  Successful applicants will not be required to travel to China. Find out more here.

We continue to monitor the situation in China and will review new programme activity once it is safe to do so, acting on advice of health authorities, as well that of the FCDO and World Health Organisation.

Last updated: 01 February 2022

If you have any questions or concerns, or any suggestions on how we can provide advice and support, then please get in touch with your British Council contact, or use the dropdown menu on the British Council homepage to contact your country team.

You can also read more about what Covid-19 means for British Council worldwide on our website, where you can also find online content and resources to enable you to stay connected.