British Council - Generation UK - China

Spend two months in China with a Generation UK – China funded internship, provided by CRCC Asia

The Generation UK Programme

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 all four government administrations in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

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

CRCC Asia’s 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

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.

As well as completing a 2-month internship, you’ll also benefit from Mandarin lessons and take part in business and cultural activities, offering you valuable insight into the customs and traditions of China.

Eligibility and Funding


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

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

To be eligible for our Generation UK – China internship programme, you must meet one of the following financial eligibility criteria’s depending on which year you began your studies, where you study and from which student funding body you are receiving support from. You will be asked to provide official documentation in support of your application which details the level of support you receive based on your household income.

Please review this Generation UK – China Internship – Finance Eligibility pdf document, which has been supplied by the British Council. Please review the section that applies to you.



General 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).
  • You meet the financial eligibility as outlined here: Generation UK – China Internship – Finance Eligibility
  • Not in receipt of any other Generation UK – China funding.



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
  • Mandarin Lessons
  • Monthly cultural and business events
  • Dedicated on the ground support


Funding Excludes:
  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Living Expenses
  • Program Deposit (To secure your place – refundable upon program completion)

Programme Dates

Programme Start DateProgramme LocationProgramme End Date
Thursday, April 4, 2019Beijing or ShanghaiWednesday, May 29, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Thursday, June 27, 2019Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Thursday, July 25, 2019Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Thursday, August 22, 2019Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzhen Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019Beijing or ShanghaiWednesday, December 11, 2019

Deadlines and Assessment


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 via an online application form
  • telephone interview with CRCC Asia
  • 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 gaining work experience in China.


Supporting documentation

To support your application, please make sure you have electronic copies of the following documents ready to submit during the application process:

  • a scanned copy of your passport information page
  • scanned student finance documents – see the student finance eligibility criteria (.pdf)
  • your most recent grade transcript. Most universities will be able to provide one and you may be able to download this from your university portal. 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.


Applications will open on 15 October 2018. The deadline is 2 December 2018 (23:59 BST).

Applications for the 2019 Generation UK – China programme are now open.

Applications will close on 2 December 2019 (23:59 BST).