We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

British Council in Brazil

We have been in Brazil since 1945. Our head office in the country is located in São Paulo. 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:


The British Council recognises that we have a fundamental duty of care towards all of the children we engage with including a duty to protect them from abuse. We achieve this through compliance with UK child protection laws and relevant laws in each of the countries we operate in, as well as by adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1989.

Read our full policy on child protection.


The British Council is committed to meeting UK and international standards for managing our environmental impact. We recognise the impact of our business operations and activities on the environment. We also recognise the threat of climate change to prosperity, social justice and quality of life. We are therefore committed to managing and minimising our environmental impact.

Read our full environmental policy in English.


The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. Our work involves developing relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Working effectively with diversity and promoting equality of opportunity is therefore an essential part of our work.

Read our full policy in English to find out how we build equal opportunities and diversity into our programmes and projects.

You can find more information about our policies on the British Council's global website.