The British Council's verification service is provided to individuals who are UK educational qualification holders.
We verify all education, training and professional awards, including certificates, degrees and diplomas, at all levels issued by any accredited UK institution or organisation.
The British Council reserves the right to reject verification of any document if the programme or institution is not recognised by the UK education board, if the document is found to be altered or defaced in any way or if there is any question regarding the originality of the document.
- both original and photocopied educational documents
- school certificates issued from recognised UK boards.
Note on school certificates
School certificates require the school or institution’s stamp before verification. If supplied without a stamp from the school or institution, certificates have to go through a verification process that takes a minimum of two weeks for those issued internationally.
We do not stamp:
- ID cards
- birth certificates
- marriage certificates
- other documents required by an educational institution or employer.
How much does it cost?
This service costs AED 50 for verification and AED 180 for stamping a certificate.
Note: fees are per stamp/signature regardless of a document (i.e. transcripts) having more than one page.
The application process
Step 2: Complete the verification request form and submit a consent letter. We will then email a copy of the consent letter along with the a copy of your document to the awarding UK institution for confirmation.
Step 3: We will contact you once we receive a confirmation of the authenticity of your qualification.
Step 4: You may then visit us with your original document to have it stamped.
If you have further queries, please contact us.
How long will it take?
We endeavour to deliver the confirmation within two weeks. This may take longer depending on the turnaround time of the UK institution.
Please be aware that some UK institutions offer paid verification services. In such cases, you will be requested to contact the university to pay the corresponding fees and request a verification.
The British Council holds no responsibility for any delay caused by the UK education institution concerned.
When can I visit the British Council?
We are open for verification services in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah from 9:00 to 16:00 Sunday to Thursday.