The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
We established a presence in Korea 44 years ago 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 six 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.
The UK/Korea 2017–18 Creative Futures programme started in February 2017 with an opening concert by the London Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. UK/Korea 2017–18 is presenting a range of diverse arts and cultural events in Korea, ending in March 2018. In parallel the Korean government is promoting a Korea/UK 2017–18 in the United Kingdom.