The British Council is the UK’s organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

We create connections, understanding and trust between the citizens of Britain and other countries through art and culture, education and the English language.

This work is done in two ways. On the one hand, we work directly with people from all over the world to change their lives. On the other, we collaborate with governments and associates through long-term projects that have a positive  impact on millions of citizens. 

We have centres in over 100 countries and, between 2019 and 2020 we connected directly with 80 million people and globally with 791 million, through our online activity, broadcasts and publications.

Looking at the future: commitment to young people

We support the new generations so that they can increase their confidence and abilities and establish connections to help them realise their potential, and fulfill an active role in a cohesive and inclusive community. We offer this support through English learning, access to a range of quality education and opportunities to get internationally recognised qualifications.

British culture and education, the cornerstones of our work

The aim of our work in arts and culture is to stimulate exchange, artistic expression and the development of creative industries.

We connect the best examples of the UK’s education and culture with the rest of the world, and vice versa. These connections mean we have a better understanding of our strengths and of the challenges and values that we share, thus creating an atmosphere of trust which endures even when official relations become strained.