About the British Council
The British Council is registered as a charity in the UK and was founded in 1934. It aims to create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relations. We have offices in more than 100 countries and territories and are active in many more. To find out more about our activity in Spain, download our Agenda magazine.
Our organization started in Spain in 1940 and has since undertaken a major program of activities whose purpose, as in other countries, is to promote educational and cultural relations.
The British Council has a total of 17 centres in Madrid, Barcelona, Segovia, Valencia, Bilbao and Palma de Mallorca. We also have our school, the British Council School in Madrid, where we give a bicultural and multilingual program to almost 2000 students, from 3 to 18 years old. We work hard to further their education at top universities, national and international. The British Council School is recognized globally as a leader in its sector and an innovative centre of the best British and Spanish education.
Many people associate us with qualifications such as Cambridge First and Advanced. Although they are a fundamental part of our work, they are not the only ones we offer. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of our most exciting ventures for young people and adults, conducted at our own centres and other external premises.
In addition to this the British Council develops and participates in many different projects themed around society, science, education and the arts.
We work with associations of teachers (Teachers Associations) in Spain, supporting their training and providing access to educational resources for its members. Our own annual conferences for teachers of English are held in late September. Average attendance is 700 teachers.
In arts, we work primarily as facilitators and intermediaries. The Arts team in Spain develops relationships with cultural institutions and public entities. Our goal is to showcase the best of UK creativity through artistic, innovative and high quality events. Through EUNIC we are able to cooperate effectively with Europe's cultural institutions.
The British Council was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities 2005.