Bili Connects

Following the successful pilot of Bili's language exchange between university students in Senegal and the UK, we are delighted to expand the programme to reach up to 2,000 students in the UK and across Francophone Africa, through the British Council's English Connects programme.

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Following the original 6 week pilot last year, Bili Connects is growing to include:

  • 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 will complete regular tasks (written or audio/video) while also responding to their partner’s tasks in their native language. Students will have complete access to the Bili site through their individual accounts and will be paired with their own partner. They will be able to engage with the corresponding class through the tasks (written and video or audio).

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

Profiles of the original partners can be seen below, and more information on the project, evaluation and showcase to the Foreign Secretary can be found on our blog.


Building on the success with our original partners, Cardiff University, UCAD and UVS we are forming 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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Keep up to date with the exchange as it develops through our blog.

Download our press release here for more information and get in touch with the Bili team at

  • Cardiff University

    Number of participants:
    60 2nd year French undergraduates
    30 1st year French undergraduates

    About the University:
    Cardiff University is home to one of the largest and most dynamic modern languages centres in the UK. With an excellent reputation for research and teaching, the School of Modern Languages gives students the opportunity to pursue their interest in languages and cultures in an exciting, interdisciplinary environment. With a proven track record in excellent teaching and research, students have the opportunity to pursue their love of languages in a global context.

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  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD)

    Number of participants:
    60 students

    About the University:
    By deciding to set up the Université Virtuelle du Sénégal (UVS), the State of Senegal, through the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, made a big bet on the future that could forever change the face of higher education and training in general in Senegal. UVS is the sixth Senegalese public university, and in this respect like the others, however the UVS approach of delivery mainly uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), whereas in the traditional model the delivery of education is face-to-face.

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  • Université Virtuelle du Sénégal (UVS)

    Number of participants:
    30 students

    About the University:
    The Université Cheikh Anta Diop or UCAD, also known as the University of Dakar, is a university in Dakar, Senegal. Founded in 1957, it is named after the Senegalese physicist, historian and anthropologist Cheikh Anta Diop and has an enrollment of over 60,000. The education system follows the French pattern, with oral and/or written final exams administered at the end of the year. All courses at the university are taught in French, except those in language departments other than French.

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