Since the establishment of the British Council in Hungary in 1963, we have helped generations of young people to access the education and English language skills they need to succeed.

John Grote, who served as Country Director from 1991 to 1996, recounts the methodological innovations in language teaching of the 1990s, partly funded by the UK’s The Know How Fund.

“The events of 1989-90 with the opening of Hungary to the West had brought about a greatly increased interest in English. Schools through the country were faced with the demand for more English classes, and the number of qualified English teachers was far too small to meet this need. In response to this, the British Council, Budapest, supported by its specialist Departments in the UK, and the Ministry of Education working in close liaison with Hungarian experts in teacher-training departments, began the work of developing new style teacher training programmes for both primary and secondary level. Focusing on practical classroom skills and up-to-date methodological techniques rather than extensive lectures on educational theory, two innovative new programmes were developed." John Grote

Since then, we’ve helped unlock educational and career opportunities and enabled social mobility for thousands of people.

During the 1980s, a new scholarship initiative surfaced, aiming to afford gifted international students the chance to study in the UK. The program, later named Chevening, was highly successful in Hungary as well, lasting until 2016.

Opportunities are endless today, whether you are an English teacher or a student looking to advance your career.


Since the 1990s, with various partners and donors, including the Hungarian government, we have supported English language teaching and learning to enrich the quality of education in schools and equip young people to live and work successfully in a global society. 

Hundreds of teachers have participated in our online teacher trainings every year, and become part of TeachingEnglish  – the world’s largest online English teaching community.

Study UK

The UK welcomes over 400,000 international higher education students each year. Sitting at the top of the world rankings, UK universities have a reputation for developing the skills that employers are looking for. Our program assists those who would like to come to the UK to study.

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