Who we are
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.
We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.
Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.
Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
We have been in Montenegro since 1994. Every year, we reach out to thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Montenegro.
We build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide.
Our first office in old Yugoslavia was opened on 13 January 1940. It was known as the Yugoslav-British Institute and occupied the first two floors of the Anglo-American-Yugoslav club. The Club itself was located in the heart of the town, in the building that is today known as Albania. At that time we had two main activities: running English language courses and an English kindergarten.
During the Second World War the work was disrupted, but was resumed as early as June 1945. The first British Council Library was set up as part of the operation in 1946. Development of cultural and technical cooperation was also very rapid with first exchanges and visits taking place in 1947.
The office in Montenegro was opened in 1994.
In 2003, British Council across Europe redefined its role in order to ensure that what we do continues to contribute to stronger cultural relations within and beyond Europe in a rapidly changing environment.
This change directly affected our library services. Since the uniqueness of the British Council library offer was gone, we transferred the resources to the Faculty of Philosophy in Niksic, Institute for Foreign languages in Podgorica and University of Montenegro.