Tuesday 03 February 2015


The British Council today announced the opening of the British Council IELTS Awards for 2015-2016. Coming off a yearlong celebration of the 25th anniversary of IELTS (the International English Language Testing System) in 2014, the British Council will award a total of NPR 6.24 million in educational awards to students from across South Asia—including for the first time, students in Nepal—to help fund the cost of studies abroad.

The British Council IELTS Awards aim to help Nepalese students pursue the opportunity of a higher education abroad, once they have taken the initial step of proving their English language ability with IELTS. As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for IELTS we are launching two Awards for Nepalese students, thus helping them open doors around the world with IELTS. Bringing the British Council IELTS Awards to Nepal is an exciting and important step in furthering our commitment to making study abroad a reality for more students around the world. In the SAARC region, in addition to Nepal, we are presenting awards in India and Bhutan, where IELTS is also a key part of their journey to international study opportunities.” As said by Sarah Deverall, Director Examinations India & Customer Service South Asia, British Council.

This award would help Nepalese candidates boost their long term career chances in a global market so I recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity”, says Brendan McSharry, Director of The British Council in Nepal.

Over the past five years, 40 students from across India have received British Council IELTS Awards for a diverse range of courses around the world, including dramatic arts in the United Kingdom, law in the United States and engineering in Germany, among many others.

Persis Mistry, a speech and drama teacher, won her British Council IELTS Award in 2012, and took up her place on the MA course in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London, UK.

Persis says that the award was a confidence boost during the applications process: “The Award allows candidates to compete in a creative and exciting way and judges each candidate on his / her actual performance in each task. I found this appealing and encouraging, and on winning the award was given a great confidence boost.”

The British Council IELTS Award is NPR 480,000 award- for Nepal, which may be used toward the tuition and fees of a degree programme anywhere outside the winner’s home country. The British Council will recognise 2 winners from Nepal this year. 

The British Council IELTS Awards are open to students of Nepal who have taken the IELTS academic test recently. Applicants must plan to enrol in a course abroad during the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications will be accepted through 30 June 2015.

All application forms should be filled online https://www.research.net/s/IELTS_Awards_Nepal.


With over 2.2 million tests taken each year, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English test. Recognized by over 9,000 educational, employment and immigration organizations, IELTS is the only test accepted for immigration purposes in countries that require one. Designed by internationally renowned experts in English-language assessment, IELTS gauges English skills in the most reliable and consistent way possible.

Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest possible band score).

IELTS offers a choice of two versions, to serve both academic and non-academic purposes. IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to all test-takers, irrespective of their subject focus. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations

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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.