Academic Teaching Excellence (ATE) is a methodology training course for university lecturers who deliver their subject teaching in English.
With the rise of bilingual education programmes throughout Spain and the increasing international aspect of higher education, an ever increasing number of degree courses are taught in English in Spain. Often neither teachers nor students are native-speakers of English and this can result in dissatisfaction on both sides. Developed in close cooperation with the University of Oxford, ATE has been specifically designed to improve communication in class and thereby improve the overall quality of academic teaching.
Find out more about what our ATE course can do for you and your institution.
We support advances in education policy and bring together policy makers and professionals to learn from leading practice and shape future reforms. Recent examples of this include policy dialogues on the Accreditation of English In Higher Education (Alcalá, March 2012) or the Role of English in Higher Education (Segovia, November 2013).
You can see more information about our policy dialogues programme on our International Higher Education events page.
Every year, British Council hosts an international higher education conference for global leaders of international education. Since its inception in 2004, Spanish higher education institutions have participated actively, bringing their experiences to over 1,000 delegates from all parts of the world. Going Global 2015 takes place on 1 and 2 June 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre en Westminster, London. Registration is now open for participants.
The British Council in Spain can provide consultancy servies to support Spanish Universities who want to develop partnerships with UK institutions.
Internationalisation is key to university rankings and an important driver to student recruitment. It brings benefits to institutions and to both home and overseas students. A key contributor to successful internationalisation and transferibility of qualifications is partnership agreements between UK and overseas institutions. Contact our education team for more information.
Study visits to the UK
Study visits and tours to the UK can help Spanish insitutions enrich their own programmes within Higher Education. We can organise a full programme of activity which includes logistical arrangements in the UK and end-of-visit reports.
The UK has a world class higher education system and is one of the top study destinations worldwide. British Council study visits include general introductory and in depth briefings on specific areas of interest about the UK's Education system. Please note that an estimate of costs and a contract is agreed before any study visit takes place.
Spanish universities offering UK degree programmes are invited to exhibit at our annual British Education in Spain. The 2014 British Education Fair will take place in Madrid on 23 and 24 of October and in Barcelona on 25 October.
In this section you can download the report prepared by professors Ana Halbach and Alberto Lázaro from the Universidad de Alcalá (UAH) on behalf of the British Council, to examine how Spanish universities approach the development of foreign language abilities and how they accredit levels attained: