British Council Launches First Annual IELTS Awards in Bhutan
British Council IELTS Awards to recognise greater number of students than ever before expand to new markets to cap off IELTS 25th anniversary celebrations.
THIMPHU, 30 January 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 INR 3.9million in educational awards to students from across South Asia—including for the first time, students in Bhutan and Nepal—to help fund the cost of studies abroad.
“The British Council IELTS Awards aim to help Bhutanese students pursue the opportunity of a higher education abroad, once they have taken the initial step of proving their English language ability with IELTS,” said Sarah Deverall, Director Exami- nations India & Customer Service South Asia, British Council. “As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for IELTS we are launching one Award for Bhutanese students, thus helping them open doors around the world with IELTS. Bringing the British Council IELTS Awards to Bhutan 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 Bhutan, we are presenting awards in Nepal and India, where IELTS is also a key part of their journey to international study opportunities.”
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, includ- ing 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.”
She found that her studies have expended her own personal and professional horizons: “When you are studying abroad, different teaching and learning methodologies make you realise how many interesting ways there are to learn and understand a concept.”
The British Council IELTS Award is an INR 300,000 award, 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 13 winners this year: 10 from India, 2 from Nepal and 1 from Bhutan.
IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test for international study and employment with more than 2.2 million candidates who sat the test in 2013. It is accepted by more than 9,000 institutions world- wide—including degree programmes in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia, along with hundreds of other destinations around the world.
The British Council IELTS Awards are open to students from India, Bhutan or 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.
For more information on the British Council IELTS Awards, including programme eligibility and application details, as well as details on registering and preparing for the IELTS test, please visit the British Council IELTS website. British Council IELTS Awards Bhutan