Over 570 Irish students studied in China in 2016 across a number of disciplines and in various cities. To further strengthen the links between our countries, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) have developed a study and internship summer program in China for Irish students.
The scholarship and summer school were launched by IUA International Education Manager, Sinéad Lucey, at the Irish Embassy in China on March 15th 2018 in the presence of Tánaiste Simon Coveney. A key strategic objective of the IUA-CEAIE partnership is to increase the mobility of Chinese and Irish students to study in Ireland and in China.
The IUA offered a €1,500 scholarship to 10 successful applicants of Irish Universities to help cover travel expenses to and from China. Applicants had to be 18 years or over and the program and scholarship was open to applicants from all disciplines. The pilot summer internship program is being hosted at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing for summer 2018. Applications for the scholarship opened on Friday 30th March and closed on Friday 27th April 2018.
Developing opportunities for Irish students to study or intern in China is a key strategic priority for Irish universities. IUA’s partnership with CEAIE to progress these opportunities for Irish students is evidence of the Irish Universities’ commitment to realise this objective.
Speaking at the launch Sinéad Lucey, Head of International Education at the IUA said, “This partnership with CEAIE is of vital importance to Irish universities in achieving their strategic objectives. The IUA welcomes the joint study internship summer school as an important step to increase the number of Irish students with direct experience of studying and working in China, and to further develop Ireland’s relationship with China and its higher education community. This is the first Irish University sectoral scholarship for a summer school in China and it is our ambition to fund over 500 students in the coming years.”
This scholarship is the product of a partnership agreement signed in 2017, between the Irish Universities Association and China Education Association for International Exchange to further develop co-operation between the higher education systems in China and in Ireland.
IUA’s Sinéad Lucey “We hope that this new summer program will act as a stepping stone for more Irish students to study in China and will go from strength to strength. Providing a study abroad or traineeship opportunity in China for Irish students enables students to develop 21st century global skills that are attractive to employers and also benefit society”.
Program description and benefits to Irish Students:
IUA and CEAIE will jointly organize an 8 week summer program including both study and internship experiences in China, 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 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.
Duration: 3 week in-country language study + 5 week internship at a local or international company
Location: Beijing for summer 2018. University of International Business and Economics in Beijing
- 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