Film lifts lid on visa application process

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A new film created by Sheffield University and designed to help the world’s most talented students apply to UK institutions is beintg launched today at the House of Commons.

The film gives an unprecedented insight into the process – with cameras going behind the scenes for the first time at the UK Visa Application Centre in Beijing to capture a unique glimpse of how young people in China become students in the UK.

Viewers follow two talented Chinese students as they prepare to make the emotional journey to leave their family and friends to further their education at renowned UK universities.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Sheffield University vice-chancellor, said: “This film is important for our relationship with students and families in China.

“Filmed in both Chinese and English, it helps applicants understand the processes involved in coming to study in the UK and gives us renewed respect and understanding for the huge decision Chinese families make when they send their children to study in the UK.

“It is important for us to show we respect the commitment they are making, and that talented Chinese students who are so crucial to our universities and to the UK will be welcomed and treated well when they come to study with us.”

The students featured, Qu Yinjiao and Lü Meng, are two of 65,000 students who applied to the British Embassy in Beijing last year.

Directed and produced by a team including Chris Eyre, Nicola Carslaw and Lucia Ring-Watkins, the video will be used by the British Council at education fairs and events across China, by universities in the UK and shared widely by students across the world.