The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural and societal relations.
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relations.
We build trust and understanding for the UK to create a safer and more prosperous world. In terms of our reach and impact, we are the world’s leading cultural relations organisation. Cultural relations is a component of international relations which focuses on developing people-to-people links and complements government-to-people and government-to-government contact. We use English, Arts, and Education and Society – the best of the UK’s great cultural assets – to bring people together and to attract partners to working with the UK. The British Council has over 7,000 staff working in 191 offices in 110 countries and territories.
Our patron is Her Majesty The Queen.
In line with our Royal Charter, we aim to bring high quality English materials to every learner or teacher who wants them. In the Arts we work with some of the UK’s best creative talent to showcase events and build strong links between artists and arts professionals in Germany and the UK. Our Society work focuses on bringing the next generation of Europeans together to deal with common challenges facing Europe and to work on shared solutions to these challenges.
Find out more about the structure and history of the British Council at http://www.britishcouncil.org/about