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

The health and wellbeing of our students, colleagues and partners is our priority during this rapidly evolving situation.

Where it is not currently safe or practical to continue as planned, we are putting projects on hold, and will reschedule them when it is possible to resume.

The current status of our outgoing mobility programmes is detailed below. We will update this page should the situation for any programme change.


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

For current ELAs, we will be in contact on a country-by-country basis to provide information and advice. 

For next year’s cohort, we are proceeding as normal through our ELA lifecycle to assess and shortlist applications. We are liaising with our overseas partners. There may be delays in allocating candidates to their host schools, which usually takes place in May.

We will communicate updates directly to people who have applied and will work with universities to understand their plans for students undertaking a year abroad. 

We will support universities with their provision of online resources and briefings as far as possible. As soon as there is any announcement on travel restrictions being lifted, we will ask candidates to apply for criminal record checks and visas, where required. This may mean that students start their placements at different times.


We have suspended all inward and outward activity for June, July and August.

It is our hope to resume placements in September depending on Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice that it is safe to travel. We continue to support current participants and are in direct contact with them. 

Internships in China and Language and Internship Programme

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

We have therefore suspended the Generation UK internship programmes until further notice.

We continue to monitor the situation in China and intend to resume 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.

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.