Sheffield leads bid to help students from overseas

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The University of Sheffield this week led a national initiative to make it easier for talented international students to come to the UK.

It is at the forefront of a project helping students understand how to make applications, keen to encourage their financial and cultural contributions.

A report last year indicated that overseas students contribute £120m a year to the Sheffield economy.

Other universities, the British Council and Home Office are involved in the initiative, which saw a film, in English and Chinese, being screened yesterday (Wednesday) at the House of Commons.

The film goes behind the scenes at the UK Visa Application Centre in Beijing to illustrate the vias process.

Sheffield Vice-Chancellor Prof Sir Keith Burnett said: “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.”