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

International Higher Education

We work with higher education institutions in Northern Ireland and across the world to support the development and provision of knowledge and skills.

Through our connections to policy makers, practitioners and industry and reach to students we are able to support the sector in addressing both global and local challenges.

Services for International Marketing (SIEM)

SIEM is a global programme to support UK Education institutions in their international work. SIEM operates in 51 countries, providing services for international student recruitment, market intelligence and enabling the development of working relationships with institutions in countries across the world.


Erasmus+ offers funding to support further and higher education students and staff mobility across Europe.

UK higher education institutions can also apply for funding to run collaborative projects aimed at improving higher education provision. Strategic Partnerships in higher education can last for 2 or 3 years and are a flexible way of working with partners from different countries. 

Skills for Employability

We help build the skills of young people and adults so they are able to work and compete in today’s globalised world. By encouraging closer links between education and industry we strengthen the technical and vocational sector.


Through IAESTE (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Techincal Experience) we provide students in technical degrees with paid, course-related training abroad and employers with highly skilled, highly motivated international trainees.