We do not have offices or staff in Iran and are not able to work there at the present time. Our globally available courses and exams can be accessed remotely online or by visiting one of our offices in other countries.

We believe that mutual co-operation in education, English and the arts opens opportunities for people to develop friendly knowledge and understanding of each other in both our countries.

1. Does the British Council operate in Iran?

No. We do not operate in Iran. We do not have offices or staff in Iran and have not done so since 2009.

2. Does the British Council have programmes for Iran and Iranians?

No. On 5th November 2019, the Iranian Government announced a ban on all collaboration with the British Council. The British Council does not operate in Iran and we do not have programmes that are designed specifically for Iranians either in Iran or overseas.

3. Can Iranians access globally available programmes such as IELTS exams, or take English language courses in other countries?

Anybody is welcome to use our global programmes, and we welcome all learners to our English language courses. However, when making your decision you should consider the full implications of the Iranian Government’s ruling described above. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide advice on the ruling.

4. Where can I find out about British Council programmes and courses?

Please look at the British Council website for our work in individual countries.

5. Can Iranians apply for jobs at the British Council?

Yes. We welcome all nationalities to work with us, across the 110 countries where we have offices.

However, we want applicants to be aware of the Iranian government’s announcement when choosing whether to apply for a job with us.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide advice on the ban or the risks it may pose for individuals.