A collage of images of young people impacted by international education in an effort to promote International Education Week 2016. [State Department Photo]

Empowering Youth This International Education Week

By: Becca Bycott, a Social Media Manager in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

If you’ve studied abroad, you already know that experiencing life in another country helps build a greater global community of people who want to share ideas and learn from one another. A new language, a food you’ve never tried before, a conversation that changes your perspective on an issue: these are all ways that international education inspires us to be more inclusive, expressive, and aware that we’re part of something bigger.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide during International Education Week(IEW), November 14–18. This year, there are so many fun, simple, and creative ways you can join a worldwide celebration of international education, especially on social media. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Change your profile picture on Facebook and invite your network to do the same.

Photo 1: Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan with the International Education Week (IEW) filter on her social media profile image. Photo 2: Author Becca Bycott and friends in IEW filter over profile photo. Photo 3: Derrick Davis, Graphic Design Specialist at U.S. Department of State, with IEW filter over Facebook profile photo. [State Department Photos]

All you need is this link to create it. For other platforms, scroll down to “Social Media Content and Filters” on our Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) website to find resources to help you celebrate IEW through your own posts, tweets (use hashtag #IEW2016), and –- in the spirit of this year’s theme of empowering youth –- snaps.

2. Get inspired –- and inspire others –- to discover ways to participate in IEW by watching and sharing this video with your social media communities.

International Education Week 2016 [State Department Photo]

3. If you’re looking for graphics to promote IEW on social media, our Flickr album has ready-to-share images available to download and use.

4. GIFs, those quirky, colorful animated images that are basically a happy medium between a photo and a video, are available to promote International Education Week.

via GIPHY [State Department product]

Above is an example of one you can share on social media.

5. If you’re looking for events you can attend, you can find listings for what’s happening in your country or state on our website.

An image promoting International Student Day as part of International Education Week 2016, which runs from November 14–18, 2016. [State Department Photo]

As we celebrate International Education Week together, we encourage you to share how you are seeking opportunities to study abroad, making connections with peers in other countries, and ultimately how you see yourselves as shapers of the globalized future.

This entry also appeared on DipNote, the State Department’s Official Blog.