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.

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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

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