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Ask the British Council

Ask the British Council

Why chat with the British Council? 

Please chat first with universities for any questions on their courses and applications. The British Council can help you with:  

  • General questions about studying in the UK 

If you have questions about UK application processes, preparing to come to the UK or visa requirements, we will be able to help.

  • A country-specific question

Ask us any questions which refer to your own country (for example whether a certain local qualification will be accepted in the UK).  We may need to contact the appropriate British Council colleague in your country, and this means we might not be able to respond immediately if you have a very specific question. However, please bear with us and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to talking to you and responding to your questions.

About the British Council 

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work in 28 European countries, and have experts across Europe who can help students with queries about studying in the UK.

We deliver Study UK, the UK’s national campaign to promote the UK to internationally mobile students as a first-choice study destination all over the world.

WEBINAR
Applying to study in the UK isn’t as complicated as you might think! In this session, the British Council and a UK university admissions expert will go through every step for a successful application: research, apply, accept, register, visa, accommodation and travel. Not difficult if you follow each step at the right time.
Speakers
Rebecca Denmark, Student Recruitment Manager (Europe), University of Surrey
Rebecca Denmark, Student Recruitment Manager (Europe), University of Surrey
Hi! I’m Becci and I look after European Student Recruitment for the University of Surrey, a leading university in South East England well-known for our employability opportunities. As well working extensively in Europe, I also work with our UK team and can support with questions regarding the UCAS application process and Personal Statements. I look forward to meeting you all!
Carolina Jiménez, Head of Education, British Council Spain
Carolina Jiménez, Head of Education, British Council Spain
Carolina is head of the Education at the British Council since 2012. Before that she managed the Science and Society Team for nearly 10 years and worked in stock market and manufacturing. Graduated as a maths teacher and has a master in school management (Open University) and internet systems (Complutense). e-mail: Carolina.jimenez@britishcouncil.es
WEBINAR
If you are planning to apply for a master or postgraduate degree, join this session where UK universities share their top tips on what to do – and what to avoid. From how to write a statement that stands out, to what references to include and how to prepare for an interview, the session will help you prepare a successful application to your university.
Speakers
Sam Twells, Regional Manager Student Recruitment (Europe), University of Cambridge
Sam Twells, Regional Manager Student Recruitment (Europe), University of Cambridge
Sam.Twells@admin.cam.ac.uk Sam studied History at Cambridge and has worked there since graduating in 2014. His first outreach position involved liaising with schools across the UK on behalf of his College, Corpus Christi. He then moved to the central Cambridge Admissions Office to deliver the University Open Days, before transferring to the International Student Recruitment team in 2018. Sam is now responsible for engaging with students, parents, counsellors and schools from across Europe.
Katerina Fegarou,  Education Marketing Manager, British Council Greece
Katerina Fegarou, Education Marketing Manager, British Council Greece
Katerina completed her tertiary education in the UK (holds a BA in Political Economy and MSc in Economics / Business Strategy). She joined the British Council Greece in 1997 and since then she has been dedicated in the promotion of the British education. Areas of her expertise are the British and Greek education markets and related policies, the provision of Trans-National education, the recognition of UK qualifications. Katerina oversees the relationship with the UK education counsellors and alumni associations in Greece.
WEBINAR
Applying for your UK student visa is very quick and simple. Learn when and how to apply successfully - university advisors, a British Council immigration expert and a student who has just done it all will be able to give you the details. Also, you will hear what the Graduate Route visa offers during and after your degree. Did you know you can work as a student? And that you can stay and work after your degree?
Speakers
Emma Thomas, Senior International Recruitment Officer at City, University of London
Emma Thomas, Senior International Recruitment Officer at City, University of London
Emma loves to travel and after university decided to live and work abroad in various countries for 3 years, which included working in admissions at a University in New Zealand. After returning to the UK in 2013 she worked in university admissions before moving to international student recruitment in 2015. Emma is extremely passionate about the benefits of studying in the UK, especially London, and is now in charge of student recruitment for Europe at City, University of London.
Luis Sierra, International Student Adviser
Luis Sierra, International Student Adviser
Luis Sierra has been working in the education industry for the last 14 years mainly within student services and immigration compliance. He has been helping students and institution navigate the Home Office’s rules and requirements successfully for most of his career. Currently Luis works for City, University of London as International Student Adviser helping international students with their immigration issues.
Ivar Moller
Ivar Moller
Deputy Director Admissions, University of St Andrews
WEBINAR
Studying in the UK doesn’t mean staying in the UK only! UK universities are offering many different study abroad opportunities, from semesters to a full year abroad, all part of your UK degree. This webinar will explore mobility programmes and the UK’s new Turing scheme, which will fund your time abroad. You will hear how you can join a summer school or go on a short study placement anywhere in the world – from Australia to Zambia and anywhere in between!
Speakers
Abby Hanan, University of Warwick
Abby Hanan, University of Warwick
Abby currently looks after Student Recruitment from Northern Europe but has been working in Higher Education at University of Warwick for 6 years and has previous experience in the workings of the central undergraduate admissions team as well as Warwick Business Schools undergraduate programme operations.
Almut Caspary, Higher Education and Science Lead, British Council EU Region
Almut Caspary, Higher Education and Science Lead, British Council EU Region
Hello everyone! I lead the British Council higher education portfolio across the EU region. I work with our country teams to support student exchange and mobility to the UK. Before joining the British Council, I’ve worked in research and science management at universities and research institutes in the UK and Germany – and came to UK as a European student over 20 years ago.