Interested in working in the fast-paced finance sector in Shanghai for two months, or studying Chinese language in the sub-tropical climate of Xiamen for a year? If so, the British Council has a wide range of opportunities available for young people looking to get a head-start in their career and develop a global perspective by heading out to China for study and work opportunities.

What's on offer? 

Internships in China

Give yourself the edge when it comes to applying for jobs through a two-month internship placement in China. You can select which industry sector you’d like to gain experience in, which of six booming cities you want to work in, as well as a start date that suits you.

Study in China

Learn Mandarin and gain a deeper understanding of China by studying at a Chinese university with a Generation UK China scholarship. Scholarships are for between 5 -11 months of study, in various locations across China, and in a combination of different subjects.

Be inspired to go to China

Want to know more about what it is really like to live in China? You can read stories by other UK nationals who have experienced China.

How to excel as a diplomat

Elizabeth Davies-Kumadiro is Head of Renewable Energy and Transmission for the UK's Department for International Trade in China. She tells us how she is building her career.  Learn more

How teaching English took me from the Gobi Desert to Mount Everest

Jasper Gogol-Sicklen spent three years teaching English at Chongqing Foreign Language School in China. He used his time abroad to seek adventures across all of Asia.  Learn more

Why China can be an exciting place for women

What's it really like to be a smart, ambitious young woman in China? Lara Izzard-Hobbs, an intern at a Chinese law firm as part of the British Council's Generation UK-China programme, answers. Learn more

What I learned from being on a Chinese TV dating show

How did an English Language Assistant from the UK working in China suddenly find himself before an audience of millions? Robbie Stanley-Smith tells us what he discovered during his moment in the spotlight. Learn more

Check out some  incredible photos taken by Generation UK participants who are abroad right now.

Get Involved

To find out more about the range of internship and scholarship opportunities available on the Generation UK programme and how to apply, please visit our website

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