Im a international student that cames from Mexico to Edge HIll University, and when I was in Edge Hill University I decied to extend my experience to a full year, my original plan was just a semester but after what I experienced I decide to stay a full year. At the beggining I was so nervous because I would be in a new country and a totally different culture from mine, and I really thought that language barrier would be a huge problem for my experience. I was excited at the same time because it was the first time I would live by myself outside my country and been totally alone.
The first people I met was the international office Staff, and I could only say good thing about them specially, Bill, John, Dan and Brad, since the very first day they made me felt welcome, during my whole experience they care a lot for my issues and how my experience was so far. I can not express how thankful I am to them, I will always remmember them as the amazing and kind people they are. They play an important role in my experience here, not only in academic things, because they were important in the way I was addapting to the whole university. The tours they provide let me know the campus, the halls, the town, and all the activities that helps the students to know each other.
Finally, the most important part of my experience, and the main reason I choosed to stay a whole year rather than just a simply semester, it was all my friends here. The people I met here are more than just amazing, they are people that only in this kind of experience you could met, I just could called them as my family, and the most amazing part is all of us are form very different parts, and university from all aorund the globe.
Edge Hill is like a house in which students from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, China, Mexico, Czech Republic, Greece, USA could live toghether. They show me that the language barrier would never exist in a University like Edge Hill, because here is a place where the people really want to know you. The parties, travels and experience are part of my life now, and I could say my life is not the same thanks to this University. I would not change my decision if I could have to choose it again. The last thing I could say is that Im very thankfull for having this experience. For me life is made of miracles, and been in Edge Hill was exactly that.
If possible the trips as the one made to Wales is an excelent experience to integrate the international students, and activities to made the international students could have an opportunity to knew people from UK would increase the experience here.