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British Council

British Council offers a wide range of services and support for higher education institutions for international work and partnerships.

Internationalising Higher Education

We work with and through higher education institutions in the UK and abroad to support the development and provision of knowledge and skills globally. Our knowledge of overseas contexts and cultures in higher education is valuable. We have connections to policy makers, practitioners and our reach to students makes us the partner of choice for many higher education contracts.

In international higher education we:

  • promote and support the exchange and mobility of students, scholars and academics around the world
  • promote and support higher education partnerships and collaboration between UK and international universities, industries and governments
  • shape and drive international collaboration of higher education through policy dialogues, research and insight.

Please visit the Internationalising Higher Education website for more details.

Services for International Education and Marketing (SIEM)

British Council Services for International Education Marketing (SIEM) is a portfolio of solutions to support UK education institutions in their international recruitment, marketing and partnership strategies. SIEM operates in 51 countries, providing services delivered in-country that include:

  • partnering and consultancy
  • marketing products, such as digital marketing campaigns and over 100 recruitment fairs annually
  • education intelligence
  • professional training and development.

For market facing activities, we are supported by the Education UK brand, with a reach of 2 million prospective students around the world.

To register, visit the SIEM website or simply email us at and we will contact you directly.

The Turing Scheme 

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s global programme to study and work abroad. The scheme provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world.  The Turing Scheme unlocks opportunity for UK Higher Education Institutions to offer life-changing experiences across the world for their students.

Funding is open to UK organisations from across the education and training sector through higher education projects. Eligible organisations can apply for funding through the Turing Scheme for projects that offer the opportunity to study or gain work experience abroad for the 2021-22 academic year.  

Higher education (HE) funding can give your students the life-changing opportunity to study and work abroad. For your institution, it is an opportunity to develop your partnerships and international links. For a participant, it is an opportunity to gain international experience that will benefit them personally and academically and improve their CVs.     

Find out more here about the different types of activities you can apply for, who is eligible to take part and how to start your HE application.