British Council - Generation UK

Our Partnership

We provide award-winning internship, study, travel and consulting services.

Launched by the British Council in 2013, the Generation UK programme offers funded internship placements and academic scholarships for UK students in China. By 2020, the programme aims to have helped 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.
By encouraging 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. 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.

Our Role

"CRCC Asia is one of our current partners in delivering internships for UK students in China. They have helped British students under the Generation UK – China programme gain valuable cross-cultural business skills through placements across a range of industries and locations. They have received very positive feedback from participants with regard to both the internship placement itself and the pastoral care they provide during the placement."

Steven Hutt, Head of Outward Mobility, British Embassy in China

Application Information

CRCC Asia believes in maintaining the highest level of commitment to its core values:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Aged 18 years and above.
  • A UK citizen/EU home student.
  • Achieved or on track to achieve a 2:1.
  • Currently enrolled full-time at a UK university (2nd year and above) or have graduated from a UK university within the past year (within 12 months of the programme dates).
  • 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.
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.

Funding Includes:

  • 2-month internship placement in an industry of your choice
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pickup
  • Induction Day & Welcome Banquet
  • Welcome Pack (inc. business cards, SIM cards, travel card, city guide)
  • Company Drop-Off
  • Weekly Mandarin Lessons
  • Monthly cultural and business events
  • Dedicated on the ground support

Funding Excludes:

  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Living Expenses
  • Program Deposit (Refundable upon program completion)

Deadlines, Assessment and Information

[UPDATE 14 AUGUST 2017]: Applications are now closed. the application window for 2017-2018 is due to open in October. Please do keep checking this page for updates.
Missed the deadline?
If you are still interested in undertaking an international internship, we encourage you to consider our other programs that can be found under the Programs> Locations tab at the top of the page.
Assessment Process
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:
  • Application & Sift (Conducted by CRCC Asia)
  • Interview (Conducted by CRCC Asia).
  • Final British Council Assessment
Important Points
  1. Please note the Generation UK-China opportunity is separate to the CRCC Asia Global Scholarship.
  2. CRCC Asia is one of two exclusive suppliers for the Generation UK-China Internship Programs. You can only apply to one supplier. If you apply to another supplier, your application will not be considered.
Feel free to contact our London office on (+44) 207 193 7907 or email