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Tier 5 Intern Scheme for International Students

Blogged by Julia Hilton on March 20, 2017.

If you are thinking about gaining some work experience after your studies and you are an international student, you may have heard about the Tier 5 Intern scheme. It’s a Government Authorised Exchange scheme (GAE) designed specifically to allow undergraduates and graduates from overseas to gain experience working in the UK for up to 12 months.

There are a number of approved Tier 5 organisations who can act as sponsors for your internship provided it meets their requirements for sponsorship.

One disadvantage to the Tier 5 schemes is that you need to leave the UK after your work experience. You cannot switch into a different visa in the UK (such as Tier 2), so this is only for graduates looking for a short period of work in the UK.

You can find a list of all the current Tier 5 schemes and sponsors on the UK Visa and Immigration website. Check with individual Tier 5 sponsors to find out more about their internship programmes, requirements for sponsorship, how to apply and costs. Some relevant schemes for students include AIESEC (Access Tier 5 scheme), GTI (Tier 5 Intern Program) and BUNAC (Intern in Britain) but there are over 70 schemes listed in total.

For more information visit Gov.uk: Tier 5 Intern Scheme and the UKCISA.