New film explains application process for Indian students

19 November 2013

UK visa application film

UK visa application film

A new film aimed at helping outstanding Indian students better understand the process of applying to the UK’s world-leading universities has been launched.

The project, a collaboration between UK universities, the British Council in Delhi and the Home Office, follows students Arshi Aggarwal and Angesh Anupam as they embark on their journey to study in the UK. Arshi, 25, from New Delhi said: "I would really like to encourage other international students just like me to come and study in the UK – people are extremely warm and welcoming, which has helped to make the transition of leaving my family and friends a lot easier. Also, the application process was pretty smooth for me – I did not encounter any issues while seeking admission or after the process."

Made by award-winning Indian filmmaker Ravi Lekhi, the film, which can be viewed here,  was commissioned by The University of Sheffield  and, as well as being featured on university sites and YouTube, will be shown by the British Council at education fairs and events across India.

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “This is a great way of showing, to the many students around the world who want to study in the UK, how the process works and how it can become a reality. Prospective international students, and their parents, hear a lot of myths about the application process and the UK's student visa system. Through these real life examples, they get a first-hand account of how the process actually works.

“UK universities remain extremely attractive to international students, so it is vital that we provide a warm welcome and ensure that visa and immigration rules are properly understood. International students make an extremely valuable contribution to the UK, both academically and financially.”