10 New Year's Resolutions You'll Actually Achieve with Study Abroad

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Kiah Zellner-Smith

Check out how studying abroad takes the 10 most common New Year's resolutions up a notch.

1. Get in Shape

Trade in the treadmill for hiking Cape Town's Table Mountain, surfing at Sydney's Bondi Beach, or walking countless miles around Rome.
Students kayaking in Cabo de Gata Nijar

2. Get an Awesome Job

Did you know that 97% of IES Abroad alumni secured a job within one year after graduating? That's compared to the college average of 49%. Whoa, is right. Add global brilliance to your résumé with a full-time or part-time internship abroad.
Student interning in Rome standing in kitchen

3. Eat Better

Paella in Spain, tropical fruit in Quito, fresh produce at the local naschmarkt in Vienna. Yes. Yes. And, more yes.
Nashmarkt in Vienna

4. Travel More

The thing is, when you study abroad with us, you're not just studying at a university abroad. Our courses, course-related trips, and field trips are designed to help you take advantage of the city, country, and region where you're living. An extra bonus: many of these are included in your program cost.
Guide holding antler talking with students

5. Spend Less Money

Hello, more than $5 million in financial aid and study abroad scholarships. Need we say more?
Students sitting on ledge on Rangitoto Island, New Zealand

6. Learn a New Language

Everyone knows there’s no better way to learn a language than by immersing yourself in it. Whether it’s through one of our intensive language programs or by just chatting with your host siblings—you’ll learn a new language the right way. By living it.
Students practicing chinese calligraphy

7. Relax More

When you study abroad you’re living in the moment, not worrying about the past or future, and soaking up every second. You learn to truly let loose and ride the waves of adventure. And, if you get to do this strolling along the streets of Spain or in the mountains of New Zealand, well, that doesn’t hurt either!
Two students hiking Roys Peak in New Zealand

8. Spend More Time with Family

It’s true that you’re away from your actual family when you study abroad, but after sharing meals, laughs, cultural lessons, grammar tips, and a home for four months, your host family will also feel like kin to you.
Student in kimono with host family

9. Learn Something New

Want to learn about theater performance in Dublin? The politics of wine and food in Siena? Comparative models of public health in London and Jamaica? Or how about marine conservation in the Galápagos Islands? Wherever you choose to study abroad, the amount of things you’ll learn inside and outside the classroom will astound you.
Students at Child Guidance Clinic in Jamaica

10. Give Back to the Community

Our mission is to foster interculturally competent and compassionate leaders. That’s why we offer you the opportunity to serve at local organizations through service learning projects and internship placements, because we know how much there is to gain when you choose to give!
Student with small children in Cape Town

Explore our 140 study abroad programs and make next year your best year yet when you study abroad.

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Kiah Zellner-Smith

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