About us
About us

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.

We have been in Montenegro since 1994. Every year, we connect with thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Montenegro.

Our Purpose

We build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide.

Our History

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.