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Immigration Rules Appendix N: authorised exchange schemes

Approved Tier 5 government authorised exchange schemes.

Name of scheme Scheme summary Name of overarching body (sponsor) Type of scheme Area of UK covered  
AIESEC internships The scheme is part of AIESEC’s global exchange programme in which 4,000 graduates participate every year. It develops the leadership skills of recent graduates from overseas, with typically at least a years’ experience in management (marketing, finance, sales), technical (IT, engineering) and development (charity) through work with UK companies and organisations. AIESEC Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Bar Council The scheme is an umbrella for three types of programmes involving overseas law, overseas students and lawyers undertaking pupillages (both funded and unfunded) and mini pupillages within barristers chambers and other legal training programmes. Bar Council Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
BAE Systems Training, Intern and Graduate Programme Programme designed to allow individuals to train alongside BAE Systems in the UK. BAE systems Research and training programme. Maximum 24 months UK  
BNSC Satellite KHTT Programme A secondment programme for employees of foreign space agencies to undertake practical training and work experience working alongside specialist UK staff British National Space Centre (DBIS) Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
BOND business internships BOND is a training and work experience placement scheme, designed to facilitate work attachments with UK companies for overseas graduates/professionals who have a degree. BOND builds mutual links and connectivity between the UK and overseas partners in areas of industrial and technological innovation and cooperation, by giving UK host companies the opportunity to develop current overseas markets and explore new ones through project focussed work attachments for overseas professionals. British Council Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
British Council –Speak European This programme will provide practical, on-the-job training to a group of mid-career government employees from Serbia working in key departments of the central government, as well as in local self-government institutions. British Council Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
BUNAC Blue Card Internships –’Intern in Britain’ BUNAC has over 40 years’ experience of running international work programmes. The Blue Card Internships scheme provides a well-controlled pathway for a wide range of organisations in the UK to offer and to benefit from work experience opportunities (internships) for eligible students and recent graduates. BUNAC Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Cabinet Office Interchange Programme To bring in relevant expertise and cutting edge thinking from the private sector and academia to help deliver the Government’s Efficiency and Reform agenda. Cabinet Office Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Chatham House Fellowship The scheme provides opportunities for overseas government and non-government experts, drawn from policy communities, the private sector, academia and civil society, to participate in and undertake research at Chatham House relevant to their government or non-government area(s) of expertise. The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) Research & Training Programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
Chevening and Marshall Sherfield Fellowships Programmes This scheme accommodates two separate scholarship programmes: 1) Chevening Programme – used by scholars and researchers attending the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and the Clore Leadership programme and 2) The Marshall Sherfield Fellowships Programme – an annual scheme whereby the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission awards Marshall Sherfield Fellowships to Scientists and Engineers from the United States of America, in order for them to undertake post-doctoral research at a British Research Institute or University for a period of one to two years. Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
Commonwealth Exchange Programme The programme offers teachers the opportunity to work in different education systems, exchange ideas and knowledge and observe teaching practices in another country. Teachers exchange positions and homes with those from Australia, Canada or New Zealand for between one term and one year. Exchanges to Canada take place from September to August. Those to Australia and New Zealand run from January to December. Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC) Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan This is an annual scheme made available to developing Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. Participants undertake academic, medical or professional research fellowships. Association of Commonwealth Universities Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
Defence Academy   Defence Academy Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
De La Rue Internship Internship Programme for Post Graduate students at the University of West Indies, to build on and consolidate the support De La Rue already provides to high achieving students in the Caribbean through a scholarship programme De La Rue International Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Engineering work placement scheme This scheme offers overseas engineering students (both undergraduates and graduates) short work experience opportunities with engineering companies in the UK. Twin Training International Work experience programme Maximum 12 months UK  
Erasmus Erasmus is a European Commission educational exchange programme for higher education students and teachers. It aims to increase student mobility within Europe through opportunities for work and study and promotes trans-national cooperation projects among universities across Europe. Erasmus Mundus is for joint cooperation and mobility programmes for postgraduate students, researchers and staff. British Council Wales British Council Scotland British Council British Council Northern Ireland Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
European Voluntary Service (Youth in Action Programme) Part of the European Union’s Youth in Action Programme, funded by the European Commission, the EVS scheme offers people aged 18-30 the opportunity to undertake voluntary work placements in the social, cultural, environmental and sports sectors for a period of 2 to 12 months. Placements of 2 weeks to 2 months are also available. British Council Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Finance Ministries and Central Banks schemes The schemes includes secondments by employees of other central banks and financial institutions, research fellowships and PhD research internships for economists who will undertake placements with the Bank of England for between 1 and 18 months’ duration. HM Treasury Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand A secondment programme for government bodies, to promote cooperation and mutual understanding with the objective of learning from one another’s expertise in food safety. Food Standards Agency Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Foreign & Commonwealth Office   Foreign & Commonwealth Office Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Foreign Language Assistants Programme Working with partner organisations overseas to provide opportunities for young people to work as language assistants in the UK, the programme aims to improve both the language ability of the assistants and students in addition to expanding their cultural awareness. British Council Wales British Council Scotland British Council British Council Northern Ireland Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Glasgow Caledonian University International exchange programme To offer students, through the exchange programme, work experience, cultural diversity and personal development to strengthen their employability. Glasgow Caledonian University Work experience programme Maximum 12 months Scotland  
Grundtvig Grundtvig, part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, aims to strengthen the European dimension in adult education and lifelong learning. Funding is open to any organisation based in one of the countries participating in the programme involved in adult education. The programme funds a range of activities: assistantships, in-service training, learner workshops, visits and exchanges. Ecorys UK Ltd Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Hanban: Mandarin teachers scheme The scheme is part of Hanban’s global exchange programme through which it sponsors volunteer and professional Mandarin teachers to undertake placements at Confucius institutes and classrooms in the UK, and at institutions in the UK which are covered by Hanban UK’s teaching exchange programme. It is also used to sponsor co-directors to manage the programme in the UK and undertake some language teaching if needed. These roles are not filling vacancies. The scheme aims to build and/or enhance foreign language skills and foster good cultural relations between the UK and China. Hanban UK Ltd Overseas Government language programme. Maximum 24 months All UK  
Highways Agency Scheme The scheme is intended to honour the historic and future commitments to facilitating the sharing of experience, scientific information, technology, working practice and organisational cultures between Highways Agency and similar administrations outside of the EEA. Highways Agency Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
HMRC Exchange Scheme The scheme facilitates the sharing of experience, working practices and organisational cultures between HM Revenue & Customs and tax, customs and similar administrations outside the EEA HM Revenue & Customs Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
IAESTE IAESTE UK provides science, engineering and applied arts graduates with training experience relevant to their studies through work placements. British Council Wales British Council Scotland British Council British Council Northern Ireland Work experience programme Maximum 12 months England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales  
Intensive Korean Public School English Teacher Training Programme A customised in-service continuing professional development programme for very experienced Korean English teachers who have been specially selected. University of Chichester Work Experience Programme Maximum 12 months England  
International Cross-Posting Programme for Kazakhstan The purpose of the International Cross-Posting Programme is to provide an opportunity for key oil workers from Kazakhstan to undertake work experience and training with Shell UK. UK Trade & Investment Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
International Defence and Security Scheme (IDSS) The aim of the IDSS scheme is to share knowledge, experience and best practice between the UK and foreign defence, aerospace, security and space industries in cooperative programmes. ADS Group Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
International Fire and Rescue Training Scheme   Capita Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months England with scope to include devolved administrations if required.  
International Horticulture Scheme This is an international horticultural and education skills development and exchange scheme designed to develop practical skills and to further academic studies within the designated establishments of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Royal Horticultural Society. Lantra Work experience programme Maximum 12 months Gardens or establishments linked to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens.  
International Internship Scheme A scheme for young people and future business leaders to experience working for a UK company which, as they develop in their careers, may encourage investment into the UK and the forging of international partnerships with multinational companies in the UK and abroad. Fragomen LLP Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
International Optometrists Scheme Scheme for registration for optometry graduates with a 2.2 degree or above. The scheme ensures they have the knowledge and skills to enter the General Optical Council’s (GOC) Register and practise optometry without supervision. College of Optometrists Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
Jiangsu Centre for Chinese Studies in Essex To promote the teaching and learning of Mandarin and an appreciation of Chinese culture in Essex schools and to the wider local community, including businesses; underpin the links of friendship, education, culture and business between the County of Essex and the Province of Jiangsu. Essex County Council Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Korean Teacher Exchange Programme The scheme contributes to the DfE objective of strengthening maths teaching in schools. Institute of Education University of London Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Law Society Tier 5 scheme for migrant lawyers This scheme for migrant lawyers is open to law firms based in England and Wales. It covers placements, internships and secondments offered to lawyers and law students from other countries coming to the UK for primarily non-economic purposes for limited periods to share knowledge, experience and best practice. The Law Society of England and Wales Work experience programme Maximum 12 months England and Wales  
Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo is part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme. UK organisations work with European partners to exchange best practice, increase staff expertise and develop learners’ skills. The programme is open to any organisation involved in vocational training in the countries participating in the programme and includes activities such as mobility projects, preparatory visits and transfer of innovation. Ecorys Ltd Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Lord Chancellor’s Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers The programme is organised to enable the Chinese lawyers to obtain practical experience in commercial law, litigation and court procedure as well as the management of a legal practice. British Council Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Mathematics Teacher Exchange Programme (England - China) Mathematics teachers from China will support the teaching and learning of mathematics, and promote their approaches to the teaching of mathematics, in a network of Maths Hubs across England which are funded by the Department for Education (DfE). There will also be reciprocal arrangements for teachers from England to spend time in schools in China. National College for Teaching and Leadership, Department for Education Work experience 12 months England  
Medical Training Initiative The scheme allows post-graduate medical graduates to undertake a fixed period of training or development in the UK, normally within the NHS. It covers all schemes and arrangements sponsored or administered by the medical royal colleges and similar organisations for the training of overseas doctors. MTI placements are temporary and require the approval of the employer and the local postgraduate dean of the relevant medical royal college. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
Medical Training Initiative for Dentistry International Training Fellows: the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England is able to sponsor suitably qualified postgraduate dentists to come to the UK for clinical training in an approved hospital training post. The Royal College of Surgeons of England Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months England  
Mountbatten Programme   Mountbatten Institute Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
National Assembly for Wales Intern Programme The scheme enables students from Ohio University to undertake intern placements for up to three months with assembly members. National Assembly for Wales Work experience programme Maximum 12 months Wales  
NHS Tayside International Staff Exchange Scheme The scheme aims to share different ways of working and approaches to care needs. This would provide an insight into how different health systems operate and use this to develop local services. NHS Tayside Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
NIM China Secondee Programme   LGC Ltd Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
NPL Guest Worker and Secondment Scheme This reciprocal scheme aims to encourage closer collaboration between UK and overseas organisations interested in metrology by allowing scientists, industrial experts and students to undertake placements with the NPL. National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Management Limited Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months England  
Overseas Fellows Post The opportunity is accredited by the General Medical Council and approved by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh International Medical Graduate Sponsorship Scheme. National Health Service (NHS) Highland Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months Scotland  
REX Programme The REX programme enables highly qualified teachers from Japan to work temporarily in countries where English is spoken to teach Japanese language and culture. Ceredigion County Council Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
Royal Pharmaceutical Society international pre-registration scheme. Pre-registration placements are supernumerary training positions, under the supervision of a pre-registration tutor, which enables the pre-registration trainee pharmacist to undergo training as mandated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Royal Pharmaceutical Society Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
Scottish Government Interchange Scheme A scheme to share knowledge, experience and best practice with other governments and organisations on the full range of policy areas for which the Scottish Government has responsibility. Scottish Government Work Experience Programme Maximum 12    
Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) Work Exchange programme with China Offers employees of the Educational Equipment Research and Development Centre (EERDC) in China to come to Scotland to share best practices and educational resources with their Scottish counterparts and to develop new educational resources Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) Work experience programme Maximum 12 months Scotland  
Serious Fraud Office This is an exchange programme between the Serious fraud Office and law enforcement partners in overseas jurisdictions. The programme will help to promote greater co-operation with investigations, and to share and develop investigative techniques and approaches in the fight against fraud and corruption in the UK and overseas. Serious Fraud Office Work experience Maximum 12 months UK  
Sponsored researchers A scheme to enable higher education institutions to recruit sponsored researchers, or visiting academics giving lectures, acting as examiners or working on supernumerary research collaborations. Institutions do not need individual support from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to operate a scheme. Higher education institutions Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
Sponsored Scientific Researcher Initiative This scheme enables organisations to engage overseas postgraduate scientists in formal research projects and/or collaborations within an internationally recognised host institute/laboratory for sharing knowledge, experience and best practice, and enabling the individual to experience the social and cultural life of the United Kingdom UK Shared Business Services Limited (UKSBS) Research & Training Programmes Maximum 24 months UK  
The Ofgem International Staff Exchange Scheme A scheme to promote cooperation and mutual understanding between Ofgem and similar regulatory agencies overseas. Office of Gas & Electricity Markets (Ofgem) Work experience programme Maximum 12 months England  
Tier 5 interns scheme Designed for employers, the Tier 5 intern programme is a government approved scheme which allows graduates and undergraduates from countries outside the EEA to gain intern experience working within UK industry and provides organisations with the scope to deploy the brightest and best talent on key initiatives and learn skills they can take back to their home country. GTI Recruiting Solutions Work experience programme Maximum 12 months All UK  
US-UK Education Commission (also known as the US-UK Fulbright Commission) To foster mutual understanding between the US and the UK through academic exchange by the awarding of merit based scholarships. US-UK Education Commission (also known as the US-UK Fulbright Commission) Research and training programmes Maximum 24 months All UK  
Wales Audit Office Exchange Programme The scheme enables staff from other audit and inspection bodies to gain experience of audit and inspection processes in Wales and to share experience and good practice from an international perspective. Placements are for up to 12 months with WAO audit teams within a specific business area. Wales Audit Office Work experience Programme Maximum 12 months Wales  
Welsh Language Teaching Programme in Patagonia The scheme aims to strengthen the use of Welsh in Patagonia by bringing Patagonians to Wales to improve their language fluency and bilingual environments. Participants are teachers, tutors or those suitable to work in activities which develop the use of Welsh in the wider social and business situations. British Council Wales Work experience programme Maximum 12 months Wales