Generation UK

About Generation UK – China

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

The programme offers funded internship placements and academic scholarships for UK students to gain international experience in China. By encouraging UK students to engage with China, Generation UK aims to bring young people from both countries closer together, increase mutual understanding, and pave the way to lasting links and partnerships between the UK and China.

The Generation UK – China campaign is supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland, the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government.

To find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved, please visit the British Council’s Generation UK – China website here.

What’s Included?

If you are accepted for Generation UK funding, you will be able to do an 8 week internship in your chosen field, accommodation in a shared apartment with 2-3 other interns throughout your stay, receive full support from the IC team before, during and after your stay and you even get comprehensive travel insurance to cover your 8 week stay. This is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a prestigious government funded programme, increase your international employability and enjoy all of the benefits of an InternChina programme for free!

Application Process

We are currently accepting applications for students and recent graduates from Welsh and Northern Irish Universities wishing to take part in the programme in 2017. The final deadline to submit your application is 5 February 2017 at 23:59 PM (BST).

Applicants will be subject to our competitive assessment process, and funding will be awarded to those students who display an excellent academic record and strong interest in China, subject to British Council approval. There will be three stages of assessment:

  • Written Application
  • Phone Interview
  • Final British Council Assessment

How to Apply

Please complete the form below, on this page.

Contact Us

For questions related to Generation UK funded programmes, please contact us by email or phone.

Eligibility Criteria

  • - Aged 18 years and above
    - Currently enrolled full-time at an UK university or have graduated from a UK university within the past year (within 12 months of the programme dates)
    - Be a UK or EU Passport holder
    - 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
    - Achieved or on track to achieve a 2:1 grade
    Funding is available to UK and EU passport holders enrolled at a UK university at the time of application, and 2016 graduates from UK universities. All applicant placements funded through Generation UK will be means-tested and will require supporting documents. In order to qualify for funding you must be able to provide proof of receipt of a maintenance grant or SAAS bursary for your university studies.

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Supporting Documents

  • Please ensure that all files submitted are either .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, .gif or .png format and that each file does not exceed 5 MB in size. Please ensure you have read the details very carefully and ensure your documents are all correct before you submit your application.

British Council Monitoring Information

  • The following questions will not impact on the decision of your application and are for British Council reporting purposes only.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

  • British Council is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. The following questions are for reporting purposes only in order to better understand our audience and will not impact on the selection process for the programme. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People states that disabled people include those with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments, which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.