British Council Scotland builds relationships and dialogue on issues affecting Scotland’s profile and standing in the world.
Since 1946, we have enabled thousands of young people from Scotland to study and work abroad, helped schools and higher education institutions to create partnerships in other countries, and supported teachers’ and academics’ professional development through international experience. We have also brought the brightest students from other countries to work, study and teach in Scotland, broadening the cultural horizons of our young people.
We have showcased the best of Scottish arts on the world stage and we continue to bring the best of the international arts scene to Scotland. We support performances and exhibitions at Scottish festivals, museums and galleries.
Through offices in 110 countries, we pull together overseas knowledge, experience and perspectives. This is invaluable for visiting cultural and educational delegates to Scotland.
British Council is impartial and at arm’s length from Government. Nevertheless, we work with the Scottish Government to help deliver its overseas agenda, as expressed in Scotland's International Framework, published in March 2015. This means that our work tends to focus on creating partnerships with countries that the Scottish Government regards as being of strategic importance. These include China, India and Brazil.
Building cultural and educational links with countries creates mutual understanding and respect. This is the foundation for successful future business relationships.