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Last updated: 2 December 2020, 18:00 (UK time)

In the light of Covid-19, we wanted to let you know what you can expect from British Council Education in the coming months. 

We understand that this is a difficult time for the education sector and educators and research professionals across the globe. We have always believed that education connects us, and at this time of uncertainty, this is more important than ever. 

We’re committed to ensuring that people all over the world have access to education and remain connected. We hope that through new approaches to our work, we will continue to provide opportunities for students, researchers and educators around the world during a difficult and unpredictable time.

At the moment, we are working hard to deliver as many activities as we can while listening and responding to the relevant government and health authority guidance in the countries in which we operate. 

Where it is not currently safe or practical to continue as planned, we are putting projects on hold, and we will reschedule them when it becomes possible to resume.

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues, partners and everyone engaged with our programmes and services are our priority during this rapidly evolving situation.

We have provided programme updates and links to relevant resources below.

Higher education sector

Study UK

We are working with the UK government and UUKi, UKCISA and BUILA to ensure that the British Council’s Study UK's Covid-19 webpage provides the most up to date information on Covid-19 to current and prospective international students, agents and counsellors.


The Erasmus National Agency is providing regularly updated guidance to institutions on how to manage the impact of Covid-19 on outward mobility.

International Education Services 

Subscribers to the British Council’s International Education Services can access Covid-19 information aimed at UK HE institutions on the IES website, including detailed updates on the current situation in East Asia.

Our education programme leads are also working hard to provide the latest information to programme participants and partners.

Going Global 2020 Conference

Please check the Going Global conference website for updates on our annual Higher Education policy conference.

Study and Work Abroad

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.

Schools sector

Internationalism and Modern Foreign Languages

We are working with the UK government and other partners to ensure that schools continue to have access to international opportunities. This includes:

  • transferring schools who couldn’t complete their school visit from year one of International School Exchanges to year two
  • we supported schools by transferring their International School Award applications from the 2019-2020 school year to the next school year. We also automatically extended accreditation for another year for schools whose award was due to expire in August 2020.
  • continuing to select the most promising new language teachers for the Language Teacher Training Scholarship scheme by delaying interviews until June and potentially moving online 
  • ensuring that all Year 8 students on the Mandarin Excellence Programme do not miss out on their two week intensive learning trip to China by postponing it to next year and remodelling our support to schools in the Arabic Language and Culture Programme to digital delivery where possible
  • continuing to survey UK modern foreign language teachers to help us track the trends in language learning in the UK reported in  Language Trends.

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning 

We are working with our partners in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office to adapt this flagship global programme in light of the current situation.

Our online professional development courses are open to teachers in all countries and we also have a guide to support virtual communication with teachers in international partnerships. Our free classroom resources are packed with flexible activities for young people to explore global issues. All details are on our website.

VET Toolbox

We are working with all our partners on the VET Toolbox project to ensure project delivery continues as effectively as possible. 

Additional resources

English for Education Systems

Our English for Education Systems team has produced guidance on how education systems can support continuing English language curriculum, teaching and learning during the crisis. Download our guide to supporting remote English language teaching and learning.

Other educational resources

The UK education sector is responding to Covid-19 by offering free or discounted resources for students, schools, universities and training providers. Download the latest details provided by the Department for International Trade

If you have any questions or concerns, or any suggestions on how we can provide advice and support, then please get in touch with your British Council contact, or use the dropdown menu on the British Council homepage to contact your country team.

You can also read more about what Covid-19 means for British Council worldwide on our website, where you can also find online content and resources to enable you to stay connected.