planesThe International Relations Office is committed to supporting students to gain overseas experience. There are many great programmes which will expose students to new international communities, cultures and practices all over the world.

Below you will find programmes which are available for Imperial students to attend. Please note that these programmes and their providers are external to Imperial. If you have any queries regarding specific programmes please contact the relevant organisation. As with any programme, students are advised to undertake thorough research before applying. Imperial College is not responsible for the content of external sites.

 If you have a programme you think the IRO should be advertising please contact Laura

external opportunities

East Asia

The information below is about the 2016 programmes. This page will be updated with information about the 2017 programme as soon as it is available.


Generation UK-China 

Generation UK - China was launched by the British Council in 2013. It aims to help students from the UK (a UK or EU passport holder) boost their employability, enhance their long-term job prospects and develop a global mindset through study and work experience opportunities in China. 


Applications now open for the Generation UK - China funded internship programme

Spend two months next year interning in an industry of your choice in one of the world's most fascinating countries! With six exciting locations and over 15 different industry sectors to choose from, whether that's business, engineering, law etc., there's a wealth of experience and adventure waiting at your feet!

Whether you're a current undergraduate or recent graduate looking to get on the career ladder, placements are available all year round to suit all schedules!

Funding covers all internship placement fees, accommodation, comprehensive travel insurance, business and cultural activities, as well as your airport pick-up and dedicated support throughout your placement. Interns are responsible for flights, visa, subsistence and any other expenses.

There are detailed eligibility requirements for this programme. To find out more about the programme, if you are eleigible and how you can apply, please click here.

The final deadline to submit your application is 12 December 2016 at 23:59 PM (BST). 


Interested in studying Chinese language in the sub-tropical climate of Xiamen, or in one of the fastest developing cities in Asia, Shanghai? If so, there are seven different Generation UK – China academic scholarship programmes to choose from, ranging from 5-11 months in length, and you can start in either September or February within the same academic year.

All scholarships cover tuition fees, accommodation, and a basic monthly living allowance. All you need to pay for are return flights (£500-700), travel & medical insurance and visa costs (less than £100).

You can decide in which amazing location you want to be based and what subjects (at a non-degree level) you wish to study and there are over 150 places available.

Generation UK-China academic scholarships are available to anyone who is:

  • A British passport holder (for NI domiciled only, British or Irish passport holder)
  • A full-time student enrolled at a UK university or a recent graduate (applying within one year of your graduation date).
  • Aged 18 and above.

For more information about the opportunities available visit the programme website:

Applications for 2016 open on 15 January 2016. Deadlines vary by province.



The University of Tokyo Summer Internship Program (UTSIP)  

This summer internship program  organised by the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences provides an opportunity for students to expose themselves to cutting-edge research in the natural sciences and social sciences. 

Participants spend one week taking introductory Japanese language classes and attending interdisciplinary lectures on the natural science and social sciences. The remaining 6 weeks are spent completing a research placement. Full details of possible research fields can be found on the programme website. The working language is English. A scholarship is provided.

Programme Dates:

Program A           June 5 (Mon) to July 14 (Fri), 2017

Program B           June 26 (Mon) to August 4 (Fri), 2017

Further information about the scheme, the eligibility criteria and the application process can be found on the programme website: If you have any questions please contact the programme organiser directly.  

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Research Internship Programme

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) offers talented students opportunities to gain experience in our cutting-edge laboratories as Research Interns. These short-term funded placements, usually from 2 to 6 months, give students the opportunity to gain experience. They work under the direction of a professor at OIST and contribute to the research activities of OIST.

Eligibility: Currently enrolled UG and PG students and recent graduates.

General Fields of Research
・ Environmental and Ecological Sciences
・ Marine Sciences
・ Mathamatical and Computational Sciences
・ Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
・ Neuroscience
・ Physics
About research projects and internship availability:

Application: Research Intern places are awarded four times a year on a competitive basis.

Funding: A generous financial package is available to selected interns including travel expenses, accommodation and a stipend.

For full details of the programme and the application process please visit:

£1,000 Royal Society of Asian Affairs award for travel to Asia

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs invites applications from individuals, who will be aged 18-25 at the time of the proposed trip, for the RSAA Travel and Adventure Award (formerly the Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award for travel).

The Award is to encourage individual purposeful travel in Asia by young people, organized by themselves and not part of a group organized by another organization.  Applicants should submit a plan of a project involving travel in a country or countries of Asia and relating to the geography, history, politics, environmental conservation, culture or art of the area to be visited. Any part of Asia, including the Middle East, may be chosen. 

For more infromation please visit:

Applications deadline: 11 November 2016




École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), one of the two Swiss Institutes of Technology offer Imperial students the opportunity to undertake a paid research placement at EPFL. 

Placements are from 3 months to 1 year in duration and students will receive a stipend and a contribution to travel costs. Placements are available to third and fourth year undergraduate and taught masters students. The working language for placements is English. The timing of the placements can be fully flexible.

Placements can be organised throughout the year. Full details can be found on the website:

Middle East

South and Southeast Asia

The information below is about the 2016 programme. This page will be updated with information about the 2017 programme as soon as it is available.


Generation UK-India 

1. Teach in India Application Deadline 19 February 2016


To be eligible you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the age of applying
  • Hold a UK passport or have completed all your secondary and higher education in the UK
  • Be a native English speaker (or have a high proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (Common European Framework C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module or Aptis level C.)
  • Have completed at least one year of higher education. This opportunity is also open to people who have graduated
  • Have a permanent address in the UK – you may need to provide proof of this address

2. Work in India: Tata Consultancy Services internships: Application Deadline 31 March 2016

These internships may be of particular interest for candidates from a science, technology, engineering and mathematics background, however, they are open to applicants from any discipline and successful applicants should be able to demonstrate an aptitude, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn about technology. This is an opportunity to get involved and learn but also to contribute your ideas and skills to a fast paced and innovative organisation.

In order to be considered for a TCS internship it is essential that you:

  • have a permanent address in the UK
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • be a native English speaker or have high proficiency in English
  • have completed secondary or higher education in the UK 
  • have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree or have completed a Masters or a PhD from a UK institution by July 2016.
  • have completed the most recent university level qualification a maximum of 3 years prior to the date of application

For more detailed information please visit:


North America

The information below is about the 2015 programme. This page will be updated with information about the 2017 programme as soon as it is available.


Argonne National Laboratory, based just outside of Chicago, is seeking students for their graduate and undergraduate Research Aide Programmes. UK students are eligible to apply. 

Undergraduate Research Aide Programme 

The Research Aide program offers temporary employment opportunities to college/university students to provide the opportunity to apply technical knowledge and skills while assisting Argonne scientific and engineering staff on key mission science projects.


As salaried temporary employees, students are assigned specific technical tasks determined by their division. Understanding the scientific basis for the temporary employee's work is generally not emphasized.

The maximum time allowable on a Research Aide appointment is 5 1/2 months.

Financial Information

Salaries are competitive and are based upon the field of study and academic year status of the student.

Apartment type lodging facility is available on site along with a number off-site lodging facilities are available.


Undergraduates must submit an application by March 1st, 2015 

For more information and to apply please visit the programme website


The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) provide opportunities for undergraduate students to undertake an internship while gaining valuable international experience. 

IAESTE is a UK-government backed scheme that helps you to kick-start your career.

With IAESTE, you could do a 6 – 52 week paid traineeship with a top employer, in one of 80+ countries.

It’s the ideal way to develop your skills, gain industry experience in an international environment… and of course, to have fun exploring a new country.

Traineeships are open to students in their second year or above of a science, engineering, technology or applied-arts degree.

Deadline for applications: 24 November 2016

For more information please visit the IAESTE webpage 


N.B. If you are a female student from Imperial College who is studying for a degree in Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Life Sciences or Geology and you would like to undertake an international research placement with a leading female scientist in a similar institution you may be eligible to apply for a bursary from the Stevenson Fund