This section contains information on the use of all British Council websites as well as details on the policies that the British Council abides by.

These terms of use and policies are updated from time to time. This content was last updated on 09.07.13.

Terms on the use of this site

The British Council has set out specific information on how you may use this site. Here you will find information on how this site has been designed to make it accessible to everyone. You will also find information on cookie policies, and how to make a complaint.

Terms of use

The British Council has terms and conditions on the use of this site and links to and from this site. You can read our full terms and conditions in English.


We have made every effort to make easy to use for everyone, no matter what browser you choose to use, and whether or not you use any special equipment to access it.

You can read more information on the British Council's website accessibility measures in English.

Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website without storing any personally identifiable information about you. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

You can read our full policy on the use of cookies in English.

Make a complaint

We value your opinion. We hope to make your experience of dealing with the British Council an excellent one and we welcome your comments, suggestions and details of your satisfaction or dissatisfaction regarding the service you have experienced when contacting us or using any of our products or services. We would also like to hear if a particular member of staff has provided you with exceptional service.

You can read our full policy on making a complaint in English.


As a cultural relations organisation, the British Council has policies that explain the ways in which we behave to protect privacy, children, the environment as well as how we provide freedom of information, and provide equal opportunities.


We regard the lawful and correct treatment of personal information as important to our successful operations and to the maintenance of confidence of those with whom we deal. As such this statement will apply equally to all of our offices irrespective of where they are based.

You can read our full UK policy on privacy in English.

Child Protection Policy

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 the 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.

You can read our full UK policy on child protection in English.

Environmental Policy

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.

You can read our full environmental policy in English.

Freedom of information

The British Council prides itself on seeking new and open ways of engaging with the worldwide community. In order to build integrity and trust, it is important that we set an example by opening up more of our organisations to the world.

You can read our full UK policy on freedom of information in English.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

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.