Ground-breaking film encourages talented Indian students to study in the UK

Over 70 years after International Students' Day was first marked in London by the International Students Council, UK universities are today (Monday 18 November 2013) launching a new film aimed at helping the most talented Indian students better understand the process of applying to the UK’s world-leading universities.

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The project is a unique collaboration between UK universities, the British Council in Delhi and the Home Office to follow current students as they embark on their journey to study in the UK.

The film will be made available to Indian students and their families via You Tube and through links from UK university websites, as well as from those of partner organisations.

Both students - Arshi Aggarwal and Angesh Anupam - featured in the film are now successfully studying 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 here in the UK – people are extremely warm and welcoming, which has really 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 video was directed and produced by independent and BBC journalists Sue Emmett and Nicola Carslaw and commissioned by the University of Sheffield. The video will be used by the British Council at education fairs and events across India as well as made available on You Tube and it is hoped it will be widely shared by students themselves via social media.

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.”

UK universities and organisations are committed to linking to the film on their websites, including universities with longstanding relations with India including: Anglia Ruskin, Aston, CASS Business School, Bradford, Brighton, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Canterbury Christ Church, Chester, Chichester, Cranfield, De Montfort, Durham, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Gloucestershire, Greenwich, Hull, Kent, Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan Liverpool, London Metropolitan, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London School of Economics and Political Science, Newcastle, Northumbria, Nottingham, Oxford Brooke's, Plymouth, Queens University Belfast, Robert Gordon University, Royal Veterinary College, Salford, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, SOAS, St Andrews, St George's London, Sunderland, Sussex, Swansea Metropolitan, Teesside, University College London, South Wales, Warwick, Worcester, York and York St John's.

Richard Everitt, British Council Director of Education in India said: “The educational relationship between the UK and India is well established and the UK welcomes more Indians than any other country in the world bar China. Indian students make a huge academic and cultural contribution to the UK, and we hope this film will let Indian students see a different view of the UK visa application process – and reassure them that the UK welcomes all genuine applications.

"The British Council has been promoting the UK’s world class education system to Indians for over sixty years, and this month more UK universities will exhibit in India than ever before. This film will be a useful tool we can use to help inform Indians of the great opportunity that the UK can offer’’.

The Indian student application film is available at

Additional information

International students

  • According to the UK Council for International Student Affairs, the UK welcomes over 400,000 international students annually. Overseas students make up 14 per cent of full-time first degree students and 46 per cent of all taught postgraduates.
  • A report commissioned for the Department of Business, Industry and Skills estimates that the total value of UK education and training exports to the UK economy is £14 billion, with a projection that this could rise as high as £26 billion by 2025. Estimating the value to the UK of Education Exports -
  • Chinese students form the highest number of overseas students in the UK, followed by students from India.
  • International students also make a huge contribution to the economic prosperity of city regions across the UK. An independent study of the net economic contribution of international students carried out by Oxford Economics for the University of Sheffield concluded international students provided £120 million to the city region annually, equivalent to 10 per cent of inward investment.

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