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The Spanish American Institute of International Education (SAIIE) was founded in 1984 by Mr Robert Chipres and Dr William Spofford. It has been the study abroad program for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville ever since. Students all over the United States have ventured to Seville to take part in our study abroad programs.

SAIIE’s academic programs offer a personalised intercultural learning experience in a fully integrated Spanish-speaking environment. We strive for academic excellence, cultural immersion and social integration. How? In addition to the classes themselves, we provide field trips, cultural and social activities with the locals, such as conversation partnerships with native speakers (intercambios), volunteering opportunities, internships, athletic programs with local teams and accommodation in Spanish homes.


Firstly, we are a family business. SAIIE is currently ran by Mr Chipres’s three children, Stuart, Sean and Samantha. Our staff and Faculty have been with us for many years and are passionate about their jobs. The core of our business is family. We care about our students, we want studying abroad to be a unique and unforgettable experience for every student. Secondly, not only academically we want our students to learn as much as possible, but we also want this experience to become a personal journey for each student to gain confidence in becoming someone they desire to be in their future.

We love our job and truly believe that studying abroad is a MUST for every student. If you want to get to know us a bit more, don’t hesitate in contacting us. We are more than happy to talk to you and help you in any way we can!

The SAIIE Family.


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"I have worked all over the world for ExxonMobil, DirecTV, Lincoln Financial, and Google.  My international education at SAIIE was paramount to me entering a career in international business."

Michael Evanoff
Marquette University
Alumnus 1987




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Excellent and very enjoyable meeting held yesterday, our Director, Stuart Chipres, and our Academic Director, Pepe Sierra, with Jesús Díaz Vidal, Director of the International Bureau EUSA, a training center for elite in the field of business, with a long history and prestige, linked to the Chamber of Commerce of Seville. We continue establishing contacts and institutional relationships that allow us to continue our process of renewal and excellence.


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We would like to welcome all of our new students for the fall term starting in a few weeks in September, whether you have taken part in a program with us before or it is your first time with us.  All of our friendly staff are really looking forward to meeting you and are here to assist you in any way possible, for example with your classes or your accommodation.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you settle in better.  We will be here to support you throughout the duration of your stay, no matter what classes or programs you have chosen.  Our aim is to provide the best service possible and make your time with us memorable.


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As part of the SAIIE soccer program, our five soccer students recently visited the official Sevilla FC training grounds, getting the once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the top Spanish teams in the country in training!