About British Council

The British Council is an international charity that is committed to developing a wider knowledge of the English language and promoting the advancement of education to encourage cultural, scientific, technological and other educational exchange.

The British Council was founded in 1934, incorporated by Royal Charter in 1940 and registered as a charity under registration numbers 209131 (England and Wales) and SC037733 (Scotland). Our Patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales is our vice-patron.

English worldwide for better education and career prospects

We offer face-to-face English language courses in 80 teaching centres around the world and administer more than two million exams, including our IELTS test in more than 100 countries every year. We accredit 500 teaching centres in the UK.

Our teaching and qualifications help people around the world improve their education and career prospects.

For more information visit the British Council website.