Major Universities from the US and Mexico visited Edge Hill last week to discover what the University can offer their students through the Study Abroad programme.

Over 25 delegates from across the US and Mexico spent a week on campus exploring the University’s academic facilities and experiencing everything the North West region has to offer.

During the one-week conference delegates attended academic sessions, tried out the CAVE, Edge Hill’s new 4K fully immersive 3D virtual environment, attended a showcase at the Arts Centre and also visited Ormskirk, Liverpool and the Lake District.

Jane Ann Williams, Executive Director for Global Education at Montclair State University, outside of New York, said: “I’ve been sending students to Edge Hill for many years to study mainly media and arts based programmes.

“The University has some fantastic media, theatre and arts based facilities and offers great academic study and social opportunities to our students.

“It’s hard to build such strong long-term partnerships with international universities but Edge Hill has the same values and ethos to ours and offers our students fantastic personal and academic opportunities.”

Through the Study Abroad programme which offers academic, credit bearing study and the Summer School programme which offers three to five week experiences, over 100 American and Mexican students visit Ormskirk each year.

Edge Hill hopes to increase these numbers through new partnerships and also arrange reciprocal opportunities for current students.

Renate Wyssmann, from Universidad Anahuac in Cancun, Mexico, said: “I see students totally transformed after studying abroad at Edge Hill.

“Mexico is totally different to the UK so aside from their studies (typically in technology and computing) they gain real life experiences. Being immersed in campus life, adjusting to different situations and environments makes them more resilient and confident.

“It’s simple things like getting used to the transport infrastructure over here. In Mexico our public transport is poor so many students won’t have used trains or even pavements before.”

Samantha Apointe from Tecnologico de Monterrey which has 31 campuses across Mexico, added: “By coming to Edge Hill our students gain a broad experience and I see a big difference when they return.

“They leave as shy individuals, many of whom have not left their local area before and come back confident and competent adults able to organise themselves.

“The experience of different academic styles, such as tutors delivering large group lectures and simple things like making sure they do their laundry and eat on campus all teaches them invaluable skills.

“Because Edge Hill is a fantastic, friendly and safe campus our students gain so much more than their academic qualifications and that experience is invaluable.”