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Applications for the autumn language and internship programme are now closed.

What's it about?

Still undecided on your plans after graduation? Spend eight weeks in China on our new Generation UK autumn programme, learning the Chinese language and gaining meaningful work experience that will look fantastic on your CV. All this whilst exploring some of China’s most fascinating cities.

Whether you’re looking to get a head start on mastering the language or boost your employability by undertaking an internship in fields such as accounting, business, or marketing, Generation UK - China can help provide the funding for your trip and make sure you make the most of your time in China.

What's on offer?

The Generation UK – China autumn programme is a combined programme of three weeks of intensive Mandarin language study at a leading university, followed by a five-week internship placement in an industry sector of your choice. 

This programme is designed to provide you with a good foundation in Chinese language and cross-cultural awareness, before undertaking your internship placement and using your newly acquired language skills to further your understanding of your sector choice in China, and impress your colleagues. 

The internships are set up through our partnerships with CRCC Asia and InternChina, who cover a wide variety of sectors, including IT, legal, marketing, accounting, engineering, pharmaceuticals, fashion, finance, hospitality and many more. 

Two programmes ran in autumn 2016 across various cities – see below for details. This was information for the 2016 programme, which is now closed. 

City Host University Dates
Chengdu Sichuan University 20 October - 16 December
Shanghai Donghua University 20 October - 16 December

How much funding will I receive?

Generation UK - China funding will cover all language classes, cultural activities, internship placement fees, accommodation and comprehensive travel insurance (a must), as well as your airport pick-up and dedicated support throughout your placement. 

You’ll need to budget for your day-to-day expenses, which largely depends on where you’re living and your own lifestyle. Previous interns have been able to get by perfectly happily on the equivalent of about £50 a week, but it’s entirely up to you. You’ll also need to pay for your flights, visa and any other expenses related to your travel.

Why should I apply?

  • With 1.4 billion speakers worldwide, Chinese truly is a global language. Graduates who speak more than one language are highly sought-after, and with China’s increasing role in the world market, Mandarin is becoming a favourite among employers. 
  • Experience in China is increasingly valued by employers. Work experience in China will give you an inside view into Chinese culture and business practice, making you aware of cultural differences and similarities between China and the UK.
  • China may soon overtake the USA as the world’s largest economy. Knowledge of Mandarin and a connection with China will enhance your employability.
  • Globalisation causes the job market-place to become more and more competitive. Your experience and understanding of China will make your CV stand out from the crowd.

Do I need to speak Mandarin?

You don’t need to have any prior Chinese language skills to take part in this programme, but we would advise doing your best to learn a few of the basics before you depart. All language classes are aimed complete beginners or basic level Chinese, and will be taught primarily in English. Classes will not be suitable for more advanced learners.

During your internship, all your assignments will be in English and you’ll also be provided with an English-speaking supervisor to support and manage you whilst on your placement.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 18 years and above
  • Currently enrolled full-time at a UK university or have graduated from a UK university within the past year
  • A UK citizen/EU home student
  • In receipt of or have received a Maintenance Grant from Student Finance or SAAS bursary for Scottish students during their university career 
  • Not in receipt of any other Generation UK – China funding

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2016 Autumn programme are now closed. 

Make sure you have the following documentation ready, which you will be required to submit during the application process:

  • Passport scan
  • Proof of Maintenance Grant receipt (scanned copy of original)
  • Most recent grade transcript (2015/16 academic year/degree certificate if graduated)
  • Academic Reference (needs to be on university letterhead paper and signed by the author)
  • Curriculum Vitae 

Please note, you can only apply to one supplier – it makes things easier for everyone further down the line. If you apply to both, your application will not be considered. Following your application, you will be invited to a short telephone interview, where the following criteria will be taken into account:

  • Academic achievement
  • Interest in chosen industry
  • Motivations for gaining work experience in China
  • Knowledge of Mandarin is not a pre-requisite.

Got more questions?

Couldn’t find what you were looking for?  Email the Generation UK-China team