Other international opportunities

Study China 2020

The Study China Programme is managed by The University of Manchester with funding from the UK Government. 

Study China provides a three-week student experience of Chinese life, language, culture and business. 

The Study China programme is now accepting applications for the 2020 programme.

If you are interested in spending three weeks in China and living at a leading Chinese university, then this is the ideal opportunity for you. Please visit their new website to find out more.

Study China will fund your accommodation, tuition, airport-transfer and organised excursions. Study China runs during the summer, and is separate from your degree. You can check out eligibility criteria here.

During the programme, you will complete an intensive Chinese Mandarin course designed to develop your written and spoken language skills, as well as cultural classes, trips, and excursions. They offer classes for all abilities, ranging from absolute beginners through to advanced speakers.

Dates: 2nd of August - 22nd of August 2020

Tuition Fee: As the programme is financed by the UK Government, there are no tuition or accommodation fees. Students are expected to cover their own visa, flight and spending money costs though. Eligible participants will also be welcome to apply for additional funding through UCL Study Abroad.

The partner universities participating in this programme are: 

Beijing Normal University (Beijing), East China Normal University (Shanghai), Zhejiang University (Hangzhou)

Application: please visit the Study China website.

Application Deadline: 7th February 2020To maximise your chances of being offered a place on the programme we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.

Generation UK - China Programme

Companies across the world are looking to engage with China and value employees with experience in China immensely. New industries and work opportunities in China are rising faster than the skyscrapers that accommodate them, and China may soon overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy.

Work experience in China will give you an inside view into Chinese culture and business practice, making you aware of cultural differences and similarities between China and the UK.

Developing a connection with China could be the smartest choice you can make right now and help you stand out from the crowd in future job applications.

The Generation UK - China Internship Programme provides two-month long internships in China over a wide range of industry sectors, including IT, legal, marketing, design, engineering, and hospitality.

Generation UK – China funding will cover all placement fees, accommodation and comprehensive travel insurance, as well as your airport pick-up and dedicated support throughout your placement. 

As part of the programme, you will also receive weekly Chinese language classes and take part in business/cultural activities, offering you valuable insight into the customs and traditions of China. 

You’ll need to budget for your day-to-day expenses, which largely depend on where you’re living and your own lifestyle. Previous interns have been able to get by perfectly happily on the equivalent of about £50 a week, but it’s entirely up to you. 

You’ll also need to pay for your flights, visa and any other expenses related to your travel.

For more information visit the Generation UK - China website.

IAESTE UK Work Placements

Administered by the British Council, IAESTE UK is a member of the IAESTE international association which includes 85 other member countries united by the aims:

To provide science, engineering and applied arts undergraduates with training experience abroad relevant to their studies; To offer UK employers well qualified and motivated foreign trainees; To be a source of cultural enrichment for trainees and their host employers.

Over the years IAESTE has created lasting friendships around the world, fostered international business and research links, assisted in the preparation and recruitment of an international workforce and enhanced international cultural relations.

Founded at Imperial College in 1948, IAESTE arranges paid course-related vacation training abroad on a reciprocal exchange basis so that in every participating country IAESTE trainees are both entering and leaving for placements. 

Since its foundation IAESTE has exchanged in excess of 300,000 students worldwide, playing a key role in the development of engineers and scientists able to make their mark in a global economy. Over 22,000 of these students have been from the United Kingdom.

IAESTE provides a service to three target constituencies: employers, students, and academic institutions. The programme is employer-led in that no exchange can be arranged until a commitment has been made by an employer to host an international  student. Participating employers may be in industry as well as research and academic institutions. 

The exchange of trainees is conducted on a reciprocal basis between member countries. The pivotal point is the annual conference which is held each January in one of the member countries. At the conference offers of placements are exchanged between  member countries. IAESTE offices are also responsible for the administration of all stages of the placements through visa/work permit applications (where necessary) to accommodation arrangements and setting up social/cultural activities for the visiting trainees. 

For more information, visit the British Council IAESTE Programme website

Global Education Deans Forum (GEDF) - Doctoral Fellowship Programme

As a participant of the Global Education Dens Forum (GEDF), the Institute of Education has been invited to nominate one candidate for the 2019 Doctoral Students Research Fellowship Programme.


GEDF is a global network of deans/directors of leading research-intensive schools/colleges of education. The network was launched in 2018 at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. Founding members include deans from over 30 institutions from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

The three aims of GEDF are to learn (We come together to share knowledge and grow), to lead (We come together to strengthen our leadership), and to act (We come together to advocate and shape policy and practice).

In pursuant of these aims, GEDF has decided to focus on one significant issue facing all education systems. In order to study the issue deeply and in the spirit of engaging future education leaders, GEDF plans to convene a group of advanced doctoral students selected from GEDF members as research fellows to study the issue and develop draft synthesis reports, which can be issued by GEDF and published in ECNU Review of Education, an English-medium journal published by Sage.


The purpose of the GEDF Doctoral Students Fellowship Program is multifaceted:

  • Engage future educational researchers in studying global issues;
  • Develop global networks for future educational researchers;
  • Conduct in-depth research on a theme. The themes for 2019 are 'Technology and the Future of Education' and 'The Impact of Education Research on Policy and Practice'.


The GEDF Doctoral Students Fellowship program will primarily be engaged in the following activities (a group of mentors from GEDF members will help guide the activities):

  • Conducting research of the selected issue as a group;
  • Drafting research reports;
  • Presenting research findings;
  • Completing research reports as publishable articles.

The activities will be conducted both independently and collaboratively. The collaboration consists of two parts:

  • Online meetings: Fellows meet regularly online prior to the face-to-face meetings in October.
  • Face-to-face meetings: A week-long residency at East China Normal University in October.

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the fellowship program, the following outcomes are expected:

  • 3-5 reports on different aspects of the issue researched.
  • 1 synthesis report on the issue.

Logistics and Costs (Residency at ECNU)

  • Dates: October 16 to 26 2019.
  • Location: East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.
  • Costs: ECNU will cover costs for food, hotel, and local transportation, as well as meeting facilities. The IOE will provide a travel bursary of £400 towards the cost of international flights. All other costs associated with the trip will need to be covered by the student.

Selection Criteria

  • Up to 10 fellowships are awarded, excluding participants from ECNU. 
  • No more than 1 fellow from each GEDF member institution.
  • Fellows must be at the advanced stage of their doctoral study.
  • Fellows must have a demonstrated interest in and expertise in the topic.
  • Other desired qualities: open-minded, culturally sensitive, strong writing and oral communication skills, leadership.

Application Process

  • Please email a copy of your CV and a short statement (maximum 500 words) explaining how you meet the selection criteria and why you wish to take part in the programme, to IOEinternational@ucl.ac.uk.
  • Deadline to apply is Wednesday 21st August 2019 (5.00pm London time).
    • The selected candidate will need to provide confirmation of support from his/her supervisor before travelling to Shanghai.UCL Study Abroad continues to monitor relevant sources, including the FCO advice , in relation to travelling to China. Should the current public health concerns in relation to the Coronavirus persist or worsen closer to the date of departure, the Study Abroad Team will suspend or postpone where possible student participation in the summer programme they were selected for.