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We have been working in Greece since 1939, offering a wide range of services and activities, and have offices in Athens and Thessaloniki.

We work together with a large number of Greek organisations – ministries, universities, academic and research institutions, schools, non-governmental and cultural organisations in both the public and private sectors. We are strongly committed to equal opportunity and diversity in all aspects of our work.

We focus on three key areas – English, education and society, and the arts – and we work with three main groups of people. These include:

  • society and community leaders, who can bring about changes in social, educational and cultural policy, and help us make wider connections
  • influencers, including career professionals, the media, educators, artists, scientists and business leaders, who we partner with to help maximise the impact of their work and ours
  • younger people, either in education or just starting out in their careers, who are opinion formers through their own social networks and potentially the next generation of national influencers and leaders.


We teach English in 85 countries and aim to provide quality learning materials for students and teachers of English worldwide.

Our work in this area helps support the transformation of teaching and learning English by bringing the best of our experience to classrooms, universities and homes. Our language resources are also available online, via mobile, radio broadcast and face-to-face.


We offer over three million UK examinations worldwide, helping people gain access to trusted qualifications to support their career and study prospects.

Education and society

With our education partners in the UK and around the world, we are committed to enhancing the knowledge, skills and intercultural understanding of young people in schools, colleges and universities.

Our focus is to raise standards in an increasingly globalised education context through supporting mobility and exchange for students, teachers and pupils as well as education specialists and policy makers.

The arts

We work with the best UK and international artistic and creative talent to organise events and collaborative projects which link thousands of artists, organisations and audiences worldwide. We partner with others in joint arts programmes and help develop creative leadership, professional networks and cultural educational programmes worldwide.

Our high profile work in English, education and society, and the arts helps hundreds of millions of people worldwide to learn about and experience UK creativity and excellence. Millions of talented people of all ages – particularly younger people – engage face-to-face and online with us, learning English, developing new skills, experiencing life and studying in the UK, and obtaining UK qualifications.