That brings us neatly onto our next point. The power of social media when preparing for university abroad shouldn’t be underestimated! There are several ways that students can use social media as part of their preparations.
Follow the university and relevant departments
Seeing what’s going on at the university can fuel excitement, but it will also help students keep on top of what’s expected of them in terms of arrival dates, deadlines and so on.
What can be particularly helpful is keeping up with any international student service that exists within the university. In this case, we mean more of an official department than a student-run organisation. Think of the professionals who handle visas and other official matters.
They’ll usually post important information and dates on social media, so students don’t miss any visa requirements, tax deadlines, international developments or any other critical information. And with travel restrictions still changing all the time, staying in the loop is more important than ever.
Follow student-led societies
As we mentioned in the previous section, connecting with societies of interest is a great idea! It can help students get to know fellow students and have lots to look forward to. What’s more, these will be existing students at the university who can provide plenty of guidance about student life there. After all, that’s what the whole account will be dedicated to!
Connect with course-mates and flatmates
Another great opportunity that social media offers is finding the people who’ll be living alongside students in their accommodation, or who’ll be on the same course as them.
Often in the run-up to the start of the semester, fellow students will post on social media groups so that they can connect virtually before heading to their new home. Seeing a familiar face and knowing a bit about the people you’ll be living with for the next year can work wonders against pre-enrollment jitters!