Tier 5 internship scheme

Please note that only interns who are specifically coming to the University to undertake research, and who meet the other normal requirements of the Tier 5 Temporary Worker route (and the University's requirements as described in the internship guidance) can be sponsored by the University.

The external Tier 5 intership scheme described below may be used for all other types of internship.

An external commercial organisation (GTI Recruitment Solutions) has created a Government approved internship scheme under the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) category of the points-based system. The scheme is designed to allow graduates and undergraduates from countries outside the EEA to gain experience working in the UK.

Eligible interns will require a Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) Certificate of Sponsorship issued by GTI Recruitment Solutions before applying for a work visa. Significant costs are involved, payable by the department/college, and a number of conditions are attached, but departments and colleges might find this option useful in some circumstances.

Further information on this route, and other schemes run by external organisations under the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) route, as well as contact details for the administrators of these schemes can be found on the Home Office website.

If departments/ colleges wish to use the internship scheme, or any other Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) scheme (other than the scheme for which the University holds a license), they should contact the scheme's administrators directly for advice on eligibility and the application process. As an HEI, the University is able to issue Tier 5 Certificates of Sponsorship to applicants as temporary workers under certain conditions (as sponsored researchers, research interns, visiting lecturers and external examiners), under the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) scheme. However, the University is not able to issue Tier 5 Certificates of Sponsorship to applicants for any other purposes under Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange).

Please note that those applying under this category will be subject to a "genuineness test".