The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.
We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world.
We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.
We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained.
We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million people overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.
We are funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government and with significant additional income from partnership agreements, contracts, teaching and exams.
Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
We established a presence in Korea in August 1973. Our cultural relations work has over the years brought Korea and the UK closer to each other through partnerships in English, the arts, education and society. We have expanded our English work as the demand for English has grown. We currently operate seven teaching centres in Seoul, and organise training programmes to support English language teaching in Korea in schools, colleges and universities. Our aim is to help students improve their English for the purposes of work, study, social and daily use and assist teachers with in-service professional development. We also provide opportunities for people to sit IELTS, Aptis, professional and school exams.