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In light of Covid-19, here’s what you can expect from British Council Education in the coming months. 

We understand this is a difficult time for the education sector, educators and research professionals across the globe. We have always believed that education connects us, and in this time of uncertainty, education is more important than ever. 

We’re committed to ensuring that people all over the world have access to education and remain connected. We hope that through new approaches to our work, we will continue to provide opportunities for students, researchers and during this difficult and unpredictable time.

We are working hard to deliver as many activities as we can while listening and responding to the relevant government and health authority directives in the countries in which we operate. 

We are putting projects on hold in areas which are currently unsafe or unpractical to continue as planned. We will reschedule them when it becomes possible to resume.

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues, partners and everyone involved with our programmes and services are our priority during this rapidly evolving situation.

We have provided programme updates and links to relevant resources below.

Higher Education and Research

Study UK

We are working with the UK government and UUKi, UKCISA and BUILA to ensure that the British Council’s Study UK's Covid-19 webpage provides the most up to date information on Covid-19 to current and prospective international students, agents and counsellors.

Erasmus +

The Erasmus National Agency is providing regularly updated guidance to institutions on how to manage the impact of Covid-19 on outward mobility.

International Education Services

Subscribers to the British Council’s International Education Services can access Covid-19 information aimed at UK HE institutions  on the IES website, including detailed updates on the current situation in East Asia.

Our education programme leads are also working hard to provide the latest information to programme participants and partners.

Going Global 2020

Please check the Going Global conference website for updates on our annual Higher Education policy conference.

Policy Dialogue

Our conference on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the Higher Education sector, originally scheduled for March 2020, was held on 5th June 2020 as a live online event with more than 200 participants from around the world.

Hubert Curien Alliance Programme

Submissions for projects funded in the 2021 Franco-British scientific collaboration programme were given a two week extension in May. We also postponed British researcher visits planned for the 2020 funded projects, to March 2021.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested, or already participating in any of our outward mobility programmes, you can find status updates in our Study and Work Abroad response.

Franco-British education cooperation

UK education and culture, English and international opportunities

We’re working with the ministries of Education in France and the UK as well as many education professionals in both countries to promote educational and cultural exchanges between schools and institutions.   

The foundation of our is work is made up of the following:

  • providing continued professional development for language teachers
  • sharing resources
  • creating sustainable partnerships between schools 
  • supporting exchanges between education experts on the challenges faced by our two education systems.

These links and partnerships have remained active during the health crisis even if some activities have been temporarily postponed.  

Teacher training

Teacher training in the île de France education authority will begin again in the new school year 2020, incorporating a blended approach which will allow more distance learning to take place.   

Science in Schools

This programme, which delivers science workshops in English in French schools, has also been postponed to the Autumn of 2020 to allow face-to-face workshops and masterclasses to take place.  An online version of Science in Schools activities will be proposed if a second lockdown period is necessary in the Autumn.

School exchanges

The Lefèvre scholarships and school exchanges will continue remotely. Class mobility will restart once the health conditions in both countries allow for group travel. 

Teaching and learning continuity

Exchanges between education experts have largely increased during the crisis.  

Following a series of surveys that we carried out in partnership with 51 school systems across the globe in April and May 2020, we published a report on how schools and institutions carried on teaching despite having to close.    

A new survey will be conducted at the beginning of September.

Additional resources

English for Education Systems

Our English for Education Systems team has produced guidance on how education systems can support continuing English language curriculum, teaching and learning during the crisis. Download our guide to supporting remote English language teaching and learning.

Language trends

We are continuing to survey UK modern foreign language teachers to help us track the trends in language learning in the UK reported in Language Trends.

Other educational resources

The UK education sector is responding to Covid-19 by offering free or discounted resources for students, schools, universities and training providers. Download the latest details provided by the Department for International Trade

If you have any questions or concerns, or any suggestions on how we can provide advice and support, then please get in touch with us at

You can read more about what Covid-19 means for British Council worldwide on our website. You can also find online content and resources to enable you to stay connected us.