Frequently asked questions

Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ). If you have another question not listed below, please call us of send us a message.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT BRITISH COUNCIL EVENTS?

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations. Full information about our events and projects can be found on our website. Follow us on social networks: FacebookVKInstagramTwitterYoutube.

Our regular newsletter is a great way to keep in touch with our work and everything that's going on at British Council Russia.

WHERE IS THE BRITISH COUNCIL RUSSIA OFFICE LOCATED? WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT BRITISH COUNCIL OFFICES AROUND THE WORLD?

The British Council Russia office is located in Moscow, on Nikoloyamskaya Street, 1. Information about British Council offices worldwide can be found on our global website in the Contact Us section 

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A JOB AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL?

If you would like to apply for a job at British Council Russia, please visit the Job opportunities section. Please note we only process applications for open vacancies on our website, which you can apply for by filling in the application form provided. For students and graduates we offer an Internship Programme.

DOES THE BRITISH COUNCIL OFFER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS?

We run a variety of teacher training programmes, both face to face and online. Full information about professional development courses for English language teachers can be found on our website in the Teach English section.

DOES THE BRITISH COUNCIL OFFER ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES?

Currently the British Council does not run English language courses. We are unable to provide advice on which language courses to select as we do not accredit English Language schools in Russia. We offer a wide range of free online resources to help adults, teenagers and children to learn English. Resources include videos, mobile apps, games, stories, listening activities and grammar exercises. 

CAN I TAKE IELTS AT BRITISH COUNCIL RUSSIA?

British Council Russia is now administering the IELTS test in conjunction with BKC-IH. Please contact BKC-IH for all information regarding dates, venue, registration and payment process and examination terms and conditions.

You can contact BKC-IH in the following ways: website www.ielts.su; telephone number: +7 (495) 604-45-89, 8-800-100-76-50; email: ielts@bkc.ru

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS TO THE UK?

You can find information about travelling to the UK on the Visit Britain website.

WHERE AND HOW CAN I GET A UK VISA?

The British Council does not assist in obtaining a UK visa. If you need information about visa centres in Russia, please visit the official British visa centre website.

Please note that VFS visa centres are no longer operating, Teleperformance visa centres are now open in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Rostov-na-Donu, Novosibirsk.

HOW CAN I GET DOCUMENTS FOR BRITISH UNIVERSITIES CERTIFIED?

The British Council does not certify documents. Russian students usually contact notary offices in order to get the relevant documents for British universities certified.

I NEED HELP WITH CHOOSING A STUDY PROGRAMME IN THE UK - CAN THE BRITISH COUNCIL PROVIDE ANY ADVICE OR RECOMMENDATIONS ON THIS?

The EducationUK website is a great resource and features a list of educational agencies that can help you choose the educational programme that is right for you. The British Council does not offer services for selecting educational programmes and institutions for those wishing to study in the UK.

HOW CAN I OBTAIN A SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDYING IN THE UK?

EducationUK – is the British Council’s website for students interested in education in the UK. The site has all the relevant information on how to obtain a grant or scholarship, find a school, college or university, and get advice on living and studying in the UK.

We recommend that you contact universities directly for more detailed information.

HOW CAN I APPLY TO A UNIVERSITY IN THE UK?

Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate programme should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions System (UCAS), submitting their application electronically. More information on application deadlines can be found here

If you want to apply for a postgraduate programme, please contact the chosen university directly. The majority of universities have their own deadlines for submitting applications.

Some universities use the UKPASS system for administering application submissions. This means that you can apply to the programme at any time as they do not have application deadlines. However, some universities may have their own deadlines so we recommend that you enquire in advance.

HOW CAN I GET A DIPLOMA OBTAINED IN RUSSIA ACCREDITED BY UK STANDARDS?

The only organisation whose accreditation is recognized officially is UK NARIC. If you have any questions the best option is to contact the organisation directly.

HOW CAN I SEND A LETTER OR A PRESENT TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN TROUGH THE BRITISH COUNCIL?

Unfortunately, the British Council can’t help you with this. However, you can write to her Majesty the Queen at the following address: 

Her Majesty the Queen
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA 
United Kingdom

If you wish to write a formal letter, you can open with 'Madam' and close the letter with the phrase 'I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty's humble and obedient servant'.  This traditional approach is by no means obligatory. As for the rest, you should feel free to write in whatever style you feel comfortable. For more information, please, read this article.

DOES THE BRITISH COUNCIL HAVE A PUBLIC LIBRARY?

All British Council library materials were donated to the Rudomino Fund Library of Foreign Literature. All materials are free for everyone. The collection of materials includes:

  • English language textbooks;
  • Modern British Fiction;
  • Science fiction;
  • Audio and video materials;
  • Books on Art and Culture;
  • Dictionaries and Encyclopedias.
  • The address of the Library: 

1, Nikoloyamskaya Str., Moscow

HOW CAN I GET BRITISH COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR A PROJECT?

You can send your project proposals to moscow@britishcouncil.ru with a detailed description. Each proposal will be considered on an individual basis. Please note that the British Council generally does not sponsor individual projects. We reserve the right to refuse to support a proposed project without detailed explanation. The British Council does not provide assistance in finding partners or sponsors and consulting.