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What is the Study UK campaign?

The Study UK campaign promotes study in the UK around the world. It provides practical information and insights into UK education for international students.

What does this promotion offer to learners?

As part of the Study UK campaign, the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign are offering 50,000 free digital upgrades. This includes the opportunity for learners to gain recognition for their hard work by earning digital certificates.

The Study UK campaign gives people across the world a chance to see what it’s like to earn UK qualifications and study at UK institutions. Learners can choose from around 200 courses from dozens of institutions.

Where can I learn more about studying in the UK?

When is this promotion running?

From 1st October 2019 to 31 January 2020.

What is a digital upgrade?

A digital upgrade gives you:

  • Unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn – no time limits or deadlines
  • Access to tests if there are any
  • A digital-only certificate if you complete at least 90% of course steps and score at least 70% on all test questions

How many digital upgrades can I claim as part of the campaign?

Each eligible learner is entitled to one free digital upgrade in total.

Who is eligible for a free digital upgrade?

Learners living in the following countries may be eligible to receive a free digital upgrade, when the promotion is running:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte D’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Saint Helena, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Please note – learners from other countries can take courses on FutureLearn, but free upgrades from this campaign are only available to learners in the countries listed above.

How do I earn a digital certificate?

Once you’ve claimed your upgrade, marked at least 90% of the steps of your chosen course as complete and scored an average of 70% across all tests, we’ll email you with a link to your free digital certificate.

What is a digital certificate?

A digital certificate is a permanent web page, with a unique address, so you can easily add it to your LinkedIn profile, CV or resumé, and share it with friends or employers.

Digital certificates are displayed on your FutureLearn profile, and you can adjust this in Your achievements.

You can also download a PDF of your certificate from your FutureLearn profile, which you can share, or print yourself.

What if I want a printed certificate?

If you have earned a certificate on your chosen course, you can download it as a PDF from your FutureLearn achievements and print it yourself.

Please note – eligible learners who have received their digital upgrade cannot also purchase a printed certificate for the same course.

However, you can still pay to upgrade other FutureLearn courses and earn printed certificates for these find a course to start now. You can also share the link to your digital certificate with others.

Why can’t I verify my identity?

Learners who have received their digital upgrade as part of the British Council’s Study UK campaign won’t be offered the ability to verify their identity. Identity verification is only open to learners who have paid for a course.

Why aren’t digital upgrades open to all learners worldwide?

Development work has always been an integral part of the British Council’s mission to create international opportunities and build trust between people around the world. The British Council is particularly committed to increasing access to education in less economically-developed countries.

In order to qualify, learners must live in countries that are eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the UK, and must have completed at least five steps of their selected course.

Am I limited to just one course?

Yes. You can do as many FutureLearn courses as you like, but we can only offer one digital upgrade per person as part of the Study UK campaign. If you’d like upgrades on more courses, you will have to pay for the upgrades yourself.

Is this opportunity open to British Council staff?

Unfortunately, British Council staff are not eligible for digital upgrades.