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. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

In Ireland

We have been working in Ireland since 1990 and collaborate with Irish organisations to foster connections between Ireland and the UK. 

We enable Irish and UK organisations and individuals to share their insight, expertise and knowledge in culture, higher education and science, which results in bespoke programmes and partnerships to mutually benefit Ireland and the UK. 

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