International Education on Twitter

by Penny Schouten

by Penny Schouten

When I first heard about Twitter a few years ago, I was skeptical.  But now I am addicted.  Working from my home office, it is my lifeline to the outside world.  It’s the ‘water cooler chat’ that my cat doesn’t provide-news, updates, gossip, etc.

Not everyone is on Twitter and probably doesn’t need to be at this point.  From Pew/Internet:

Twitter and similar services have been most avidly embraced by young adults. Nearly one in five (19%) online adults ages 18 and 24 have ever used Twitter and its ilk, as have 20% of online adults 25 to 34. Use of these services drops off steadily after age 35 with 10% of 35 to 44 year olds and 5% of 45 to 54 year olds using Twitter. The decline is even more stark among older internet users; 4% of 55-64 year olds and 2% of those 65 and older use Twitter.

It’s okay to be skeptical, but Twitter can be useful.  How can the Twitterverse help you?  Check out this example.  How are you using Twitter?

International Education on Twitter:

I will only list program offices or organizations accounts because I don’t want to ‘out’ anyone who doesn’t want their personal Twitter account publicized.  If you want to be included in this list, please put your Twitter Username in the comment section, along with what area of international education you work, or  interests you.

API – @API  (Academic Programs International)

AIFS: @aifs

Arcadia University Abroad:  @ArcadiaAbroad @goabroad

IES Abroad: @IESAbroad @intstudent

Manitou Heights: @ManitouHeights

Miami University Abroad (Ohio) : @MiamiUabroad

Penn State Altoona:   @PSUaaAbroad

Radford University International Education Center:  @RUIntlEdCenter

Semester at Sea: @SemesterAtSea


Is your congressperson on Twitter?  Check
or @tweetcongress

Travel Related:

LA Times Travel: @LATimestravel

MSNBC Travel:  @msnbc_travel

NY Times Travel: @nytimestravel

Seat Guru : @SeatGuru

Smarter Travel: @SmarterTravel

Travel Channel: @travelchannelGO

Following an organization on Twitter that is relevant to international education?  Travel?  World leaders?  Let us know in the comment section!

And you can follow me too:  @PennySchouten

31 Responses

  1. Thanks for including in your post Penny, we appreciate it 🙂


  2. Hey Penny… @StudyingAbroad

    Thanks for this great resource.


  3. We’ve taken the dive too — — just a bit for the moment though we’ll be spending more and more time on it and our blog — — as time allows. Ha! Great resource to connect with others here.

  4. Twitter account name ~ DavidComp

    I blog and inform on international education and public diplomacy news at

  5. Hi Penny – I love the idea of listing all of the twitter and facebook groups out there. It saves a lot of searching!! You may also want to include a listing/blog on IM accounts for people to stay connected and be able to answer each others’ questions!! Hope you are staying warm!!

  6. While we don’t do study abroad per se, we do assist US colleges & universities to recruit international students to study in the US.


  7. We are a study abroad program specifically focused on conservatory style training in the performing arts. We are located in Arezzo, Italy and provide students with holistic and intensive training in order to facilitate a transformative experience both artistically and personally. We are a small community of actors, dancers, muscians and filmakers interested in collaborative art making. Please add us to your twitter list. Thank you for the work you do. Best, Angelica

  8. The Study Abroad Office at the University of Maryland just started to twitter!

  9. Hey Penny,

    Great list! We’re tweeting, too!

    – Ben

  10. Our twitter is UCDSummerAbroad, we’re the UC Davis Summer Abroad office

  11. we twitter on global activities for educators, from our site

    you can follow me at

  12. GeoVisions -Volunteer, Teach, Travel abroad :

  13. Hi Penny,

    Thanks so much for publishing this really handy list!

    You can find Cross-Cultural Solutions on Twitter at Also, since there doesn’t seem to be an efficient way for people to discover tweets related to volunteering abroad and international volunteerism, we’re starting to use the #volabroad hashtag and hope interested people and engaged organizations catch on.

  14. Our Twitter is
    We run a website that offers practical travel advise and audio tours to travelers headed to Europe. Working closely with FSU’s study abroad program we’ve found that students really make up about 80% of our readership and find our inexpensive ($7.00) MP3 tours abroad the most usefull.

  15. For over 17 years, Global Citizens Network (GCN) has sent short-term teams of volunteers to communities in other cultures where participants immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of the community.

    please add our twitter: @gcnetwork


  16. Great post!

    Amigos de las Américas sends high school and college students to volunteer in Latin America for the summer to complete community development projects. We are on twitter (just signed up and loving it!)


  17. Thanks for this Penny!

  18. Thanks for the great information list on twitter………


    I’m at Northern Illinois University and will be writing my dissertation on a topic focusing on International/comparative ed.


    The IDP Database tweets about research publications relating to international education and study abroad from around the world.

    We follow organizations and individuals working in this area.

  21. We’re @IIEdenver

    Great list of resources for us folks doing the international education thing! thanks!

  22. I recently graduated in International Education from the S.I.T. Graduate Institute and looking for a job.


  23. Twitter Name: @FirstTeacher

    Doctoral student studying community colleges in US and abroad. Also interested in faculty exchange programs and how that contributes to internationalization of higher education.

  24. i work for Capilano University (Vancouver) and I’ve presented at NAFSA, BUTEX and EAIE on practical application of social media tools for international educators – just a combination of experiences I’ve had with university faculty/staff and also best practices from other colleagues’ trial and error.

    for suggestions and ideas, I follow:

  25. Hi, The Center for International Higher Education at Boston College has a new Twitter site: BC_CIHE, a Facebook page (Center for International Higher Education) and a webpage

    We share information about resources (books, articles, conferences) in the field of international higher education. Liz

  26. Hi:
    I write a blog on Indian higher education — and I am available on twitter @rahuleducation

    Rahul Choudaha

  27. I might as well join the party with our newish site for GlobalHigherEd:

    Cheers, Kris

  28. Hi Penny,

    World Education Services is now on Twitter and Facebook as well!

  29. I think it is a good idea , thanks , we will do the same

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