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Applications are now closed.

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 Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and World Health Organisation.

Latest availability

CRCC Asia (for internships in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen):

  • applications are currently closed.

InternChina (for internships in Qingdao, Chengdu and Zhuhai):

  • applications are currently closed.

Who can apply?

Current undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UK, and those who have recently left university. See the full eligibility criteria.

Why should I go?

Whatever your ambitions for the future, your internship will help you stand out from the crowd. New industries and work opportunities in China are rising faster than the skyscrapers that accommodate them, and China may soon overtake the US as the world’s largest economy. Companies across the world will value your experience of China's culture and business practices. 

You’ll also benefit from weekly Mandarin lessons and take part in business and cultural activities, offering you valuable insight into the customs and traditions of China.

Where can I go?

Placements are available in the following Chinese cities through our partners CRCC Asia and InternChina.


Places are available in these cities:

  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Shenzhen.


Places are available in these cities: 

  • Chengdu
  • Qingdao
  • Zhuhai.

We recommend that you research each of these cities, and speak to our partners directly to decide which location is best for you. You could also ask advisers at your university, such as careers teams and Chinese departments.

Placements are available across many industry sectors, including IT, legal, marketing, design, engineering and hospitality. 

Am I eligible?

You must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be currently enrolled at a UK university, or have graduated from one within the past year, or be enrolled in a programme at a Further Education institution in Northern Ireland which is accredited by a university
  • have completed at least one academic year at university (at university, or a Further Education college if in Northern Ireland)
  • be a UK passport holder if studying in England or Wales
  • be a UK or EU passport holder if studying in Scotland
  • be a UK or Irish passport holder if studying in Northern Ireland
  • have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a 2:1 degree 
  • meet our student finance eligibility criteria
  • not be in receipt of any other Generation UK funding.

You cannot apply if you have previously been on a Generation UK internship, or taken part in a Generation UK scholarship programme. 

If you aren't eligible, please take a look at our other opportunities to study, train or work abroad.

Student finance eligibility criteria

Generation UK is committed to social mobility and widening participation in the higher education sector. We focus on helping talented first-generation scholars and students from low-income backgrounds.

To be eligible for the Generation UK internship programme, you must meet one of the following criteria, depending on which year you began your studies. If you’re currently a postgraduate student, you must have met the criteria during your undergraduate degree.

If you started your course before 2016

  • In receipt of or have received a Maintenance Grant from Student Finance England, Northern Ireland or Wales.
  • In receipt of or have received SAAS bursary for Scottish students.

Please provide the following evidence:

  • Full scanned copy of your Student Finance/SAAS financial support letter detailing your tuition fees and maintenance loan and grant entitlements.

If you started your course in September 2016 or later


  • Living with parents – In receipt of a maintenance loan of £4,576 or above
  • Not living with parents and studying outside London - In receipt of a maintenance loan of £5,845 or above.
  • Not living with parents and studying in London - In receipt of a maintenance loan of £8,304 or above.

Please provide the following evidence:

  • Official signed letter from your university registrar on university letterhead detailing your student living status based on the above three options, your official home address and your official term time address.
  • Full scanned copy of your Student Finance England financial support letter detailing your tuition fees and maintenance loan entitlements.

Northern Ireland

Please provide the following evidence:

  • Full scanned copy of your Student Finance Northern Ireland financial support letter detailing your tuition fees and maintenance loan entitlements.


Please provide the following evidence:

  • Full scanned copy of your Student Awards Agency Scotland financial support letter detailing your tuition fees and maintenance loan entitlements.


  • In receipt of a Welsh Government Learning Grant. More information can be found on the Student Finance Wales website.

Please provide the following evidence:

  • Full scanned copy of your Student Finance Wales financial support letter detailing your tuition fees and maintenance loan entitlements.

If you don’t meet the criteria, take a look at our other opportunities in China and around the world. You should also sign up to our newsletter to hear about the latest opportunities.

How much will it cost?

You’ll need to pay for your own flights to China, your visa and any other expenses related to your travel.

You’ll also pay for your own food and other day-to-day expenses. Costs vary depending on your standard of living, and you should also factor in whether you wish to travel and explore China in your free time. Around £50 per week should be sufficient for your daily expenses.

Generation UK funding will cover:

  • all placement fees
  • your accommodation
  • comprehensive travel insurance
  • pick-up from the airport
  • dedicated support throughout your placement.

You will also have access to:

  • weekly Chinese language classes
  • a programme of business and cultural activities.

Do I need to speak Mandarin?

No, you don’t need any prior Chinese language skills and your language skills do not form part of your application. 

However, we advise you to learn some basic phrases before you go. 

During your internship, all your assignments will be in English and an English-speaking supervisor will support and manage you on your placement. You’ll improve your Mandarin throughout the placement through weekly lessons.

When do internships start?

The internships are flexible, with start dates throughout the year. Choose the date that best suits you. 

Most students choose to do their internship during their summer vacation, but many graduates prefer to start later. You'll need to have completed the internship by the end of 2020.

The placements we offer are always for a two-month duration. You must be available for the entire duration of the placement. It is not possible to extend internships beyond the agreed programmes. We do not provide funding retrospectively for placements obtained independently through either CRCC Asia or InternChina, or in other companies.

What is the selection process?

Internships are competitive. Funding will be awarded to students who have an excellent academic record and can demonstrate a strong interest in China.

There are three stages of assessment:

  • written application
  • telephone interview
  • final selection by the British Council.

We consider the following in assessing your application:

  • academic achievement
  • your interest in your chosen industry
  • your motivations for wanting to live and work in China.

Apply online

We work with two partners in China: CRCC Asia and InternChina. Apply directly to one of them for Generation UK funding, using the application forms on their websites. 

Please note: you can only apply to one of our partners. If you apply to both, your applications will be disqualified.

Make sure you have electronic copies of the following documentation ready to submit during the application process:

  • a scanned copy of your passport
  • scanned student finance documents - see the student finance eligibility criteria
  • your most recent grade transcript. Most universities will be able to provide one. If not, we can accept a screenshot of your grades in your university system, signed, dated and verified by your academic referee or university registrar.
  • one academic reference, typed on university letterhead paper and signed by the referee. The referee should include their academic relationship to you, your academic profile, and why they recommend you for the programme
  • your CV.

Please submit clear, scanned copies of your documents. We cannot accept illegible documents or photographs of documents unless otherwise specified. Your application will not be considered if you do not submit the correct documentation. 

Apply to one of the following partners:

When applying, take care to stay on the dedicated Generation UK page and submit your application on this page. Do not click any other apply buttons that direct away from this page. 

You’ll receive an automatic response from our delivery partner when they have received your application. We are unable to comment on unsuccessful applications.

Further information

If you have questions, visit British Council China or email

About Generation UK

The Generation UK campaign was launched by the British Council in 2013. By 2020, it aims to help 80,000 students from the UK boost their employability and long-term job prospects, and develop a global mindset through study and work in China.

The campaign is supported by all four government administrations in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

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