During the Covid-19 pandemic, our students, customers and partners’ health is our priority. 

As a global organisation we connect with 80 million people in 100 countries through activities including arts and culture, education and the English language.

In many countries, we temporarily paused this activity in response to government and health authority guidance. Now, 45 per cent of our teaching centres and 79 per cent of IELTS test centres are open. We continue to deliver our cultural work through digital mediums where possible. 

If you want to know if your exam, class or programme is affected, please check the website of our office in your country in the first instance. You can find your country contact by using the dropdown menu on our homepage

If you are based in the UK, please liaise with our UK customer services team or your main contact at the British Council. Links to country sites for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are in the dropdown menu on the homepage. 

If you are an awarding organisation, you can find more guidance on administering exams here.

If you are planning to apply to any British Council-delivered Newton Fund progammes, we have updated our guidance.

If you are an overseas student currently studying in the UK, or planning to study in the UK next year, you can find more information on Study UK

If you are interested, or participating, in any of our outward mobility programmes, you can find status updates in our Study and Work Abroad response.

We remain committed to ensuring people all over the world can connect through English language and culture. We offer a large number of digital resources which you can see in the links below, to learn English, know more about other cultures, and take part in virtual cultural programmes. 

Updated 16 April 2021

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