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All set for destination UK

Get your priorities right and focus on academics, was the advice from experts to the 40-odd students who attended a pre-departure session at the British Council.

Questions from anxious students kept experts busy after every session.

Satrajit Debnath, who will be flying off in September for a master’s programme in sports business management at the University of Sheffield, found the session on visa the most helpful. “This briefing is very important for clearing your doubts about the paperwork. It was the most helpful,” said the former student of St. Xavier’s College.

Students learnt about whether they can work while studying, the various screening processes at the airport and the consequences of forgery. A list of useful websites was also handed over to them.

The programme ended with a much-awaited interaction between alumni and the new batch of students.

Suman Chakraborti, a former student of University of Glasgow, Saptarshi Kar from London School of Economics and Aayeesha Izhaar from the University of Strathclyde were there to share a few tips. “I was in your position three years ago,” began Aayeesha.

The chat began with cuisine, cooking and the kind of food available and ended with discussions on libraries and how students should make the most of their campus life. “Please ensure that your education is your priority and not earning money. Part-time jobs are available but earning should not be your goal. You are going there for education, so don’t neglect that,” was the advice from the alumni.