Social media is an easy way to connect with classmates, your college or university, and even government agencies while you study in the United States. Recently, the Department of State participated in a Social Media Week discussion about their use of social media to connect with people around the world. Many other government agencies also use social media to answer questions and provide you with information.
Follow these social media accounts for updates relevant to international students:
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—DHS regularly communicates with students through Facebook and Twitter. Follow DHS for national security updates and news from DHS components like the Transportation Security Administration, Secret Service, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- Study in the States—You are already reading the blog, but did you know that Study in the States is also on Twitter and Facebook? Follow these accounts for updates on the student and exchange visitor process and tips for paying your I-901 SEVIS fee, preparing for your arrival in the United States, and maintaining your status while at school.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—As an international student, you will interact with CBP officers at the port of entry when arriving in the United States. You can follow CBP on Twitter for updates about traveling to the United States.
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—The Student Exchange Visitor Program is a part of ICE that works with government organizations that have an interest in international students. You can follow ICE for updates on Twitter and Facebook.
- Department of State—The Department of State operates U.S. consulates and embassies that issue visas and provide student-specific information on their websites. Follow the Department of State on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr for information on visas, embassies, and finding the right school for you. You can also use EducationUSA, a Department of State program, to learn more opportunities for studying in the States. Follow EducationUSA on Facebook and Twitter.
If you use social media to get information, remember to protect yourself online. Only use information from sources you trust.