Why use an education agent

Education agents can assist not just with the application process, but also with other matters such as visas, accommodation, travel, and more.

What do I need to consider?

Education agents have established formal partnerships with specific schools, colleges, and universities, which enables them to have extensive knowledge about the application processes and provide practical assistance. If you have already decided about the institution you want to apply to, choosing an agent who represents that education center might be the ideal choice for you.

Alternatively, if you are open to exploring various education centers and finding the one that suits you the best, it is important to make sure that the agent can offer you a comprehensive range of options, not just the schools, colleges, or universities they represent.

Download our guide  for more information on choosing an education agent.

How to find an agent

In case you have already selected a college, university, or school where you wish to pursue your education, it is recommended to check if they have any agents in your country with whom they have a regular working relationship.

Alternatively, you can refer to the Global Agents List  provided by the British Council, which includes a list of certified agents in your country. These agents have completed the British Council's Agents Training Certificate program within the last two years, indicating their thorough understanding of the UK's education system.


Using the British Council’s Global Agents List, you can also check whether the institution you are interested in complies with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) . The QAA issues guidance to all UK institutions to ensure that they properly support and train their agents, and encourage them to incorporate the British Council Code of Ethics into their agents’ contracts.

Are you an education agent?

We've created a toolkit to support education agents and their work with internationally mobile students and their families.

The toolkit includes advice for students applying for courses, the latest information on preparing to study in the UK, and student safety and wellbeing. We’ve also included information and resources about the UK, the new Graduate Route and completing course application forms.

For more information please click here 

Are you a school counsellor?

With over 500,000 international students choosing to study in the UK annually, it is the second most popular destination for international education across the globe. The UK offers a diverse range of higher education institutions, from large multi-faculty universities to small specialized institutions and performing arts colleges.

This guide aims to assist international school college counselors in advising their students about the various study options available in the UK. We have answered some frequently asked questions  by college counsellors in the past, and we hope you find them helpful.

Training for education agents and school counsellors

The UK agent and counsellor training is the flagship training programme for all agents and counsellors who work with UK education providers.

Successful completion of the training programme provides individual agents and counsellors with in-depth knowledge of the UK education system and how to counsel students effectively.

When you successfully complete the training course and sign up for the National code of ethical practice for education agents  you will receive an online certificate from the British Council certifying your knowledge and understanding.

To register please click here