IUA-CEAIE Summer Study Internship Programme

In 2017, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) entered into a partnership to further develop co-operation between higher education institutions in Ireland and in China. In 2018 it launched a pilot summer school and internship programme for Irish students who were interested in studying and working in China. A second group completed their internship in July/August 2019.  The next round of applications will begin in February 2020.

Programme description and benefits to Irish Students:

IUA and CEAIE jointly organize an 8 week summer program including both study and internship experiences at Beijing Normal University, to help Irish university students to develop 21st century professional skills and provide substantive work experience to jump-start their career in today’s competitive job market. The course is a three week in-country language study and a five week internship at a local or international company.

The main benefits of this summer study/work program are as follows

  • Develop 21st skills in students including interpersonal skills, intercultural skills and language skills.
  • Personal development, opportunity to travel, experience new cultures, food and perspectives.
  • Employment prospects: Students who study abroad are considerably more attractive to employers as they develop a better understanding of local and global cultures and economies and how they are interconnected.
  • Program summary.

This course includes:

  • Mandarin courses in the University of International Business and Economics
  • Internship placement in a reputable company
  • In-campus accommodation during the program
  • Cultural and Business classes
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Orientation and Departure program
  • Cultural activities
  • 24/7 emergency contact and on the ground support
  • Peer Support / mentor
  • Letter of support for Visa purposes

See how the participants in 2018 and 2019 got on:

“The teachers have been extremely good to us for the three weeks they’ve had us, and gave us the best introduction to language learning that I’ve ever received. Such was the quality of our education there, that most of us plan on continuing mandarin in some capacity upon our return to Ireland. Adam Creaven, NUI Galway 2019”
“This experience has taught me so many new things, about myself and about the world that are invaluable and for which I feel truly privileged. It is definitely an experience that not only do I get to enjoy now, but that I can take with me for the rest of my life. Grace Hyland Martin, Maynooth University, 2018”