Come to study at UK universities, new film tells Chinese students

Sheffield University has launched a new film explaining to talented Chinese students how to apply to study at the UK’s leading universities.

Launched on 16th March 2014, the film explains the student visa application process and features students from China talking about their experience of the system.

For the first time, cameras go behind the scenes at the UK Visa Application Centre in Beijing. They capture a unique glimpse of how young people in China who wish to study in the UK go through the visa process and go on to become students in the UK.

“This film is an excellent example of the higher education sector working in partnership with the government to encourage high quality international students to study in the UK and promote the opportunities in the UK to emerging global markets,” said James Brokenshire, Immigration and Security Minister.

Mr Brokenshire, who attended the launch of the film added: “We continue to welcome the brightest and the best students and the latest statistics show visa applications from university students have risen by 7 per cent in the year ending December 2013. Study visas issued have increased by 5,227 (up 9%) to 62,563 between 2012 and 2013.”

The film was produced by the University of Sheffield in partnership with UK universities, the British Council and the Home Office.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “This film is extremely 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 it gives us renewed respect and understanding for the huge decision Chinese families make when they send their precious children to study in the UK.”

Sir Burnett added: “It is important for us to show that 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.”

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