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Monthly Updates | August 2019

In this newsletter you will find information about the following topics:


1. Pre-departure briefing seminar

2. Cambridge International October/November 2019 examination session - Registration is now open

3. Webinar: How to effectively plan your school year

4. Exploring English: Language and culture

5. Computer-delivered IELTS test

6. Professional and University exams at the British Council



7. Study in the UK Services

8. Study UK Alumni Awards

9. Searching for Cyprus Chevening alumni

10. TeachingEnglish - Professional development for teachers

11. ABRSM: Latest news and Resources

12. Voices Magazine


1. Pre-departure briefing seminar

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Useful, practical guidelines for your daily survival as a student

The pre-departure briefing is an annual event organised by the British Council for students who have received an offer from UK institutions.

The seminar has been especially designed to give you useful and practical guidelines for your daily survival as a student.


Are you preparing for studies in Britain?

Then you are given the opportunity, prior to your departure, to be informed about all areas of student life.

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Xenia Tsolaki Metaxa Private Institute
16 Panagioti Tsangari, 4047 Germasogeia, Limassol

Participation fee

  • Free admission to all our placement customers
  • Participation fee for all other students is 15 euro.
Learn more

2. Cambridge International October/November 2019 examination session - Registration is now open

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Registration for Schools

Follow the below link, log in and start registering your students:

* Before you start the registration process please go through the how to use the Schools Online Registration System document here.

* If you are not registered as a school, then you need to register as an individual (see below)


Registration for Individual Candidates (not Schools)

In order to register for these exams (individuals, guardians/teachers) follow the below link:

* Before you start the registration process please go through the how to use the Schools Online Registration System document here.



  • Resit candidates from May/June 2019: until 12 September 2019.


Further information on the link below:

  • List of subjects/fees we are offering
  • late fees
  • differences between Cambridge International IGCSE English as a second language examinations (510, 511, Core and Extended)
  • access arrangements
  • troubleshooting / IT problems
Further information

3. Webinar: How to effectively plan your school year

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There would be two sessions available; simply register for the one that suits you best:

  • Monday 9 September, 14.00–15.00 BST
  • Wednesday 11 September, 10.00–11.00 BST

If you are not able to join either of these sessions, a recording will be available on Cambridge English YouTube channel shortly afterwards.


Join Cambridge Assessment English webinar: Planning the school year around Cambridge English Qualifications

Cambridge Assessment English will be sharing useful resources that can help you at different stages of the school year, from first letting parents know about Cambridge English qualifications, to preparing for the exams and celebrating your students’ success.

Hosted by exam support managers Miranda Hamilton and Donya Estafanous, this hour-long session will offer you practical solutions and tips for your year ahead.

Register for this webinar

4. Exploring English: Language and culture

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When would you like to start?

The British Council's free online course on the FutureLearn social learning platform, relaunches on 9 September 2019 and will run for four weeks.

Users can register right up till the last day.


This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills.

The course is aimed at intermediate-level learners of English who are interested in finding out more about British culture and improving their English language skills. It takes authentic English in context as its starting point and uses short videos to present a different topic each week, including English as a global language, the countryside, music and literature.

Join course for free

5. Computer-delivered IELTS test

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We provide more options to our test takers and stakeholders, while retaining the test’s current security, trust and integrity

Everyone loves choice. Now, with computer-delivered testing, you will take exactly the same IELTS test, Academic or General Training, but you can choose to type your answers, or write them on paper - whichever suits you best.

What is computer-delivered testing?

It's exactly the same test content and structure, but you'll take it sitting in a modern computer lab using the latest technology and with technical staff on hand to help.


We are now introducing IELTS Academic and General Training testing on computer

The IELTS partnership has taken steps to strengthen the product and the services provided to test takers and to recognising organisations.

The changes include rollout of a computer-delivered IELTS test, which has the following benefits:

  • Greater test frequency and flexibility in delivery
  • Potential for wider availability of venue locations
  • Test results issued in five to seven days from the test day (down from the present 13 days)
  • New results service for recognising organisations
  • Improved test security.

Speaking test is always face-to-face with a certified IELTS Examiner.

Learn more

6. Professional and University exams at the British Council

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Take professional exams

You can take exams at the British Council Cyprus from the following bodies:

- ACCA     - UCEM     - CFA     - ICAEW

- STA       - CIPS      - Open University

- University of London    

- BMAT and STEP admissions tests

Find out more
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Need to resit your UK University Exam?

No need to travel to the UK for your University re-sits examination. You can take your re-sit exam at the premises of the British Council in Nicosia!

Find out more

7. Study in the UK Services

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Do you want to take a Bachelor's or a Master's degree or study English in the UK?

Counselling guidance

The counselling session takes around 40 minutes to one hour. Our trained counsellor can offer advice on:

  • How to get prepared for entry to a UK institution
  • What do you need to enter a UK institution
  • How to choose the most suitable institution and course for your studies
  • Accreditation of the courses
  • Studying and living in the UK

We offer personal advice and answers to your queries regarding studying in the UK. Personal advice can only be offered through appointment.

Contact us to find more about both undergraduate and postgraduate placement services.


Easily accessible and fast translation services for University entrance documents

Translations and Certifications

If you are planning to study in the UK, you may need to have Greek documents translated into English for submission to UK educational institutions and authorities.

Our official and fully recognised translation and certification service covers a wide range of documents, including:

  • Certificates of Studies
  • Transcripts of grades and degrees issued by UK and Greek universities
  • English language certificates
  • Certificates issued by the Greek / Cyprus authorities and other official documents required for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK.
Learn more

8. Study UK Alumni Awards

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About the awards

The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.


Could you be an award winner in 2019-20? Get ready to share your success with the world…

Why to enter?

Raise your international profile, build your professional networks and business connections, and win a trip to the UK: just some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award.

How to enter/nominate?

Check the eligibility criteria, shortlisting process, top tips and follow simple steps to enter/nominate online.

Learn more

9. Searching for Cyprus Chevening alumni

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Are you an alumnus of the UK Government’s prestigious Chevening scholarship programme?

If so, we want to hear from you! The British High Commission in Cyprus in collaboration with British Council, wants to re-connect with the circa 300 Cypriots who studied in the UK under the Chevening scholarship programme from 1984 – 2007.

Please send your updated contact details to or register here: in order to get involved in a new series of Chevening-focused alumni activities in Cyprus.

Get involved

10. TeachingEnglish - Professional development for teachers

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Assess your teaching skills

Assess your teaching to create your own training programme

Assess your skills

TeachingEnglish Training

As the world’s English experts, we’re passionate about the English language and those who teach it. We’re here to help you become an even more effective English teacher. Invest in your professional development and you’ll be joining a community of teachers improving the performance and experience of their learners.

Learn more

11. ABRSM: Latest news and Resources

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Downloadable resources

From lesson ideas and activities to exam resources for your instrument, we give you all the tools you need to build a successful and rewarding career as a music teacher.

Learn more
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ABRSM new Bowed Strings syllabus

View the Bowed Strings syllabus 2020–2023, from Initial Grade to Grade 8 and supporting materials.

[Photo © courtesy of ABRSM]

View syllabus

12. Voices Magazine

Photo of artist and performer Travis Alabanza

'Fear masks other emotions' – Travis Alabanza, artist

Artist and performer Travis Alabanza wrote their play, BURGERZ, after they were targeted in a transphobic attack. They tell us why we should be responsible bystanders.

[Photo © Lara Cappelli]

Read the blog post
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My bilingual romance started with a few Italian words

Language barriers would stop 54 per cent of British people from having a holiday romance, according to a new poll.

[Photo © Abi Schreider used under licence and adapted from the original]

Read the blog post

Contact us:

+357 22585000

British Council Website

Nicosia Office

British Council (Cyprus)
1-3 Aristotelous street
1011, Nicosia
PO Box 21175, CY-1503
Nicosia, Cyprus

T: +357 22585000

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Nicosia Office

7, Şht. Üsteğmen Ünal Genç Sokak
Marmara Bölgesi
(Behind Istanbul perde)

T: +90 392 2274938

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