The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.

We have been working in the US since 1973. Every year we connect with thousands of students, policymakers, academics and artists in the US.


 Learn more about our work in the United States

Our work

We have three key areas of work – Englisheducation and society, and the arts.

Our work in English aims to bring high-quality language materials to every learner and teacher who wants them. In developing and post-conflict countries, we teach English and train teachers through radio, web and TV broadcasts. We offer more than three million UK examinations worldwide, helping people gain access to trusted qualifications to support their career and study prospects.

Our work in education and society helps transform national education systems, builds more inclusive and open societies and increases young people’s opportunities. We encourage international students to come and study in the UK, and British students to experience life abroad. We bring schools around the world together, so young people and teachers from different countries can learn from each other.

Our work in the arts involves the very best British and international artistic talent. We help increase audiences for international work in the UK and for UK work globally. We bring artists together and support the development of skills and policy in the arts and creative industries. Through this work, we ensure that culture in its broadest sense plays a vital role in connecting with and understanding each other.

Within these three key areas, 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 an office in Washington, DC, 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. Learn more about our US team.

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