Students learn English with us at our teaching centres, through our online courses and classes - and a blend of both.

Each year we welcome more than 400,000 learners in our English language teaching centres around the world and support 100 million people to learn English through our online courses and resources. Students can access a British Council teacher in over 100 countries.

Self-access learning through our digital platforms

We believe everyone should have access to learn English if they want to, which is why we run the world's most-used English language learning websites - with free resources for every age and level of proficiency. We have content, quizzes and advice for kids, teens, adults, parents and teachers.

Our online courses and our websites mean we can reach learners in many countries where we do not have a language centre or teachers.

Learning English at our teaching centres

We have over 170 centres in more than 40 countries. We teach a range of in-person courses from young learners to adults.

As well as at our teaching centres, you might also find us in local schools, colleges and universities - places convenient for our learners. We also have a number of English libraries, which not only host inspirational events but also run ad-hoc English language courses.

Our English online courses and classes

Our English online courses connect learners with expert British Council teachers and a global community of students, in live, interactive classes. When students choose to join online, they can combine group and 1-1 classes at a time that suits them.

Whether at our teaching centres, online, or a blend of both, personalised study plans and well-trained teachers provide the hands-on skills learners need – whether that’s for travel, study, socialising or for improving communication in the workplace.