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 80 million people directly and 791 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 have been in Brazil since 1945. Currently we have two offices in the country: in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro. Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Brazil.
British Council in the Americas
The British Council has been working to build trust and co-operation between the UK and countries in the Americas since 1940. Today we have 320 people in twelve countries, from Canada in the north to Chile and Argentina in the south.
Our aim is to strengthen cultural relations with the Americas in ways which will enable more people in the UK to learn and benefit from their contacts with the region.
As a cultural relations organisation, the British Council has policies that it abides by: