The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. 

We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. 

We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. 

Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. 

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

We operate as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Beijing and Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan. Our Exams work across China operates as a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise. 

Carma Elliot CMG OBE    Director, British Council China | Minister (Culture and Education), British Embassy Beijing

Director's message

Meet Carma Elliot, Director of the British Council China and find out about our vision in China.

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Meet the management team

Our senior leadership team is a diverse group of experienced individuals responsible for leading teams and delivering British Council’s work across China.

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What we do

Our work in English and exams, the arts, education and society helps millions of people in China to learn about and experience creativity and excellence from the UK.

Job opportunities

Working for the British Council China offers you a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop skills in international cultural relations.

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Press

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