Did you know that the British Council in Cyprus is one of the British Council’s oldest continuously functioning representations?
It was established 80 years ago, in September 1940. The main business was running “British Institutes”; In other words, the direct teaching of English to the public of Cyprus. During the latter part of the year institutes were established at Nicosia, Kyrenia, Larnaca, and Famagusta. An Institute in Limassol was planned. Within the first year more than 200 students attended. The British Council also assisted financially in the establishment of other schools and trained Polish refugees situated in Platres.
Currently we work all over Cyprus and prepare students through our online courses. Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs. We organise exams, deliver education counselling, preparation material and scholarships offering opportunities to the people of Cyprus. The British Council now works with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year 80 million people were reached directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications.
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