Study in China with a Generation UK internship

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Interested in spending two months studying in one of six Chinese cities? With a Generation UK internship, you can live and study in China while gaining experience in an industry of your choice. The scheme is open to current undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UK, and those who have recently left university.

To be eligible for the internship, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be currently enrolled full-time at a UK university, or have graduated from one within the past year
  • have completed at least one academic year at university
  • be a UK or EU passport holder
  • have achieved, or be on track to achieve, a 2:1 degree 
  • meet the 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. 

How much will it cost?

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.

You’ll need to pay for your own flights to China, your visa and any other expenses related to your travel. The University of Salford’s International Opportunities Team is willing to contribute financially towards the cost of your visa.

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.

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 that you 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. Please note that many of our early summer placements are now full. The majority of the remaining start dates are from August onwards, and you'll need to have completed the internship by the end of 2019.

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 with other companies.

How do I apply?

Please see the British Council website for details on how to apply.

If you have any further queries or would like to discuss the internship with one of our team, please contact