The film gives an unprecedented insight into the application process, and for the first time allows cameras to go behind the scenes at the UK Visa Application Centre in Beijing to capture how young people in China who wish to study in the UK go through the visa process. Viewers follow two talented Chinese students as they prepare to make the emotional journey to leave their family and friends to further their education in the UK.
The project, led by the University of Sheffield, grew out of a partnership between UK universities, the British Council and the Home Office.
“This film is extremely important for our relationship with students and families in China,” said Sir Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said. “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.”