About us

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

Our work

We have three key areas of work – English, the Arts, and Education and Society – and we work with three main groups of people. These include:

  • Society and community leaders, who can bring about changes in social, educational and cultural policy, and help us make wider connections.
  • Influencers, including career professionals, the media, educators, artists, scientists and business leaders – who we partner with to help maximize the impact of their work and ours.
  • Younger people, either in education or just starting out on their careers, who are opinion formers through their own social networks and are potentially the next generation of national leaders and influencers.

Our US team

With offices in Washington and New York City, plus a program in Elko, Nevada, the British Council’s US team works to re-energize the transatlantic relationship through the arts, education, society and English.

We develop young leaders’ networks and partner with US organizations to work on shared agendas worldwide.