We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We uniquely combine the UK’s deep expertise in arts and culture, education and the English language, our global presence and relationships in over 100 countries, our unparalleled access to young people and influencers and our creative sparkle.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

We work with governments and our partners in the education, English language and cultural sectors, in the UK and globally. Working together we make a bigger difference, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world.

We work with people in over 200 countries and territories and are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2022–23 we reached 600 million people.

Our status

We are:

  • registered charity no 209131 (England and Wales) and SC037733 (Scotland)
  • an executive non-departmental public body. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is our sponsoring department
  • a public corporation.

Our Patron is His Majesty King Charles III. Previously, Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II held this position until her passing in September 2022. His Majesty served as our Vice Patron from 1984 until his Accession.

Read more about our work in our annual reports