Bili Connects

Bili's language exchange between 2,000 university students in the UK and across Francophone Africa, through the British Council's English Connects programme.

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In its second year Bili Connects expanded to:

  • More students from across the UK and 7 French-speaking African countries
  • More content and interaction over a longer 14 week period
  • Real time video communication with partners and in groups

Over the course of the exchange students completed regular tasks (written or audio/video) while also responding to their partner’s tasks in their native language. Students had complete access to the Bili site through their individual accounts and were paired with their own partner.

Through our app, Bili Chat they communicated in real-time with their partners, and in small groups while regular prompts spurred on discussion.

Information on the project can be found on our blog, including showcases to the Foreign Secretary and the President of Guinea, and impact research.


Building on the success with our original partners, Cardiff University, UCAD and UVS we formed partnerships with the following UK universities and a range of institutions in Senegal, Djibouti, Niger, Cameroon, Gabon, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire.

University partners

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Read about the project as it developed through the Bili blog.

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