About British Council Iran

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. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

The UK has a long history of cultural relations with Iran. Although the British Council office in Iran is temporarily closed, we are continuing to develop cultural relations in order to build mutual understanding and trust.

We support English language teachers in their professional development by providing access to resources, courses, and materials online, making accessible UK expertise and professional development opportunities from the British Council. We make available the most innovative ELT resources to learners through social media and other digital channels, where users can improve their English, find information about studying in the UK, and identify UK qualifications and examinations. We also support regional ELT conferences and promote globally the developments of best practice made by Iranian ELT practitioners.

Art continues to flourish in Iran, with a strong two-way appreciation and profound interest between UK and Iranian artists. We facilitate platforms for the manifestation of this shared interest through promoting understanding of the different arts sectors in both countries; we do this by enhancing communication and the exchange of knowledge, supporting process-led projects, and encouraging collaboration.  Working with partners across the arts sector, this year we are focusing on the four disciplines of visual arts, music, theatre, and literature.