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


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.

Registrations open for classes throughout the year for any term. New batches start every 6 weeks in Chennai. Register now!




English courses we offer at this centre



Academic calendar

Sessions Course Dates Registration
Summer School 1 22 April to 10 May 2019 Closed
Summer School 2 13 May to 24 May 2019 Closed
Term 1 03 June to 14 July 2019 Closed
Term 2 22 July to 05 September 2019 Closed
Term 3 17 September to 03 November 2019 Closed
Term 4 11 November to 22 December 2019 Closed
Term 5 02 January to 15 February 2020 Closed
Term 6 18 February to 20 April 2020 Open

Level test and Course registration process

Step 1: Book your level test appointment

To book a level test appointment in Chennai visit:

Step 2: Your level test

On the day of your appointment, please ensure you arrive at least 30 mins prior your appointment time with a valid government photo id. Your test will consist of a 10 minutes speaking test with one of our course counsellors 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 2020

  • 01 January, Wednesday – New Year
  • 15 January, Wednesday – Pongal
  • 26 January, Sunday – Republic Day
  • 10 April, Friday - Good Friday
  • 12 April, Sunday - Easter
  • 14 April, Tuesday - Tamil New Year
  • 25 May, Monday – Ramzan
  • 01 August, Saturday - Bakrid
  • 15 August, Saturday – Independence day
  • 22 August, Saturday – Ganesh Chathruthi
  • 02 October, Friday – Gandhi Jayanthi
  • 25 October, Sunday – Ayudha Pooja
  • 14 November, Saturday – Diwali
  • 25 December, Friday – Christmas



Contact and location

We are now open seven days a week and happy to be right next to the Thousand Lights Chennai Metro station. Gear up for convenient travel to the Chennai centre on metro and visit us all seven days of the week.


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 teaching centre is accessible by public transport including the upcoming Thousand Lights metro link. 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 cafe 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