Our Chennai office will remain closed today, 06 Dec. The English Language Centre classes have been cancelled, and Library and Customer Services will be unavailable. Please check our website and Facebook pages for update.

Chennai English Language Centre

British Council Division, British Deputy High Commission, 737 Anna Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 002
Telephone number
+91 120 4569000 ; +91 120 6684353
Alternative telephone number
SMS 'English' to 567678
Fax number
+91 44 4205 0688


Away from the mania of Mount Road, a lush lawn and creeping bougainvillea greet you as you walk into the tranquillity of the British Council premises in Chennai. Painted a fuchsia pink and tangerine orange, this contemporary and inspiring building provides the perfect ambience to learn English. Learning English has never been more enjoyable and interesting. Come visit us and change your mind about language learning.


Academic calendar 2016

Sessions Course Dates Registration
Summer Intensive 02 May to 20 May 2016 Closed
Term 3 25 May to 13 Jul 2016 Closed
Term 4 18 Jul to 08 Sep 2016 Closed
Term 5 11 Sep to 05 Nov 2016 Closed
Term 6  06 Nov to 24 Dec 2016 Open
Term 1 06 Jan to 26 Feb 2017 Open

Level test and Course registration process

Step 1: Book your level test appointment

To book a level test appointment in Chennai visit: https://bookeo.com/elcchn-britishcouncil

Step 2: Your level test

On the day of your appointment, allow up to 90 minutes for the level test. Please ensure you arrive at least 30 mins prior your appointment time with a valid government photo id. Your test will consist of a pre-test for 10 minutes followed by a written test for 60 minutes and will end with a speaking test with one of our teachers who will also guide you with the course option(s) suited to your level and requirements based on your test results.

Step 3: Course registration

We offer various course timings to suit every need. We advise you to register as soon as you can to confirm your place on the course since early applicants will receive priority.

  * As with other organisations and institutions, we are closed on some holidays. All classes which fall on a public holiday will be made up to ensure that the syllabus is still covered. 

Public holiday closing dates in 2016

  • 15 August, Monday – Independence day
  • 05 September, Monday – Ganesh Chaturthi
  • 02 October, Friday – Gandhi Jayanthi
  • 10 October, Monday – Ayudha Puja
  • 29 October, Saturday – Diwali
  • 25 December, Sunday – Christmas
  • 26 December, Monday – Boxing day
  • 27 December, Tuesday – Centre closed
  • 28 December, Wednesday – Centre closed

Contact and location

Contact Us

British Council Division, British Deputy High Commission,
737 Anna Salai,
Tamil Nadu
600 002
Telephone: 0120-4569000 and 0120-6684353
For security reasons, all customers are expected to carry a valid photo ID proof to enter the premises. 
Due to metro construction work, the entry to the centre has been re-routed. Please check the new access route map image for assistance.
We regret any inconvenience caused.

Telephone enquiries opening hours

Monday-Saturday 09:00-19:00
Sunday Closed

Visitor opening hours

Monday-Saturday                                                                09:00-19:00
Sunday 11:00-19:00 (teaching centre students only)


We are centrally located in the heart of the city.

Our English language centre is accessible by public transport including the upcoming Thousand Lights metro link. We also offer reserved car parking. Come and join our state of the art teaching centre and be part of our community of over 7500 students per year.

Our classrooms open out into our extensive library stocked with the latest collection of English language learning and teaching resources. You can chill out in our Eco café or converse in our courtyard to practise your English.

We are also the flagship teaching centre in south India for the increasingly popular CELTA course.


Wrap around services 


  • Join our popular interactive Facebook community
  • Get free extra classes with trainee CELTA participants* 
  • Develop your fluency by joining our free English Club, Best of British - Movie Sessions
  • Become a library member at a special discounted rate
  • Have your say with termly focus groups and feedback

Young Learners 

  • Opt into our library workshops*
  • Parents gain access to LearnEnglish Parents 
  • Take part in our global and national art competitions* 
  • Access LearnEnglish online and other mobile applications
  • Enrol for a Platinum library membership at a specially discounted rate
  • have fun while learning with our Storytelling sessions

*Subject to timetable and availability