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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




Sieera Jones

Congratulations to our future program participant, Ms. Sierra Jones, for being accepted into our Study Abroad and Basketball Summer 2016 Program!

Ms. Sierra Jones studies at Belmont University in Nashville,TN, where she is currently a sophomore.

In her first year at Belmont, as a freshman, she played in all 31 games, earning 13 starts. She led the Bruins in made free throws and was second in assists (80) and in free-throw percentage (.763).


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SAIIE would like to welcome our Summer Session I students to sunny Sevilla!
They arrived yesterday and have had orientation and their first classes this morning.


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Elissa will be working as an intern in the Planning and Development Department as Sean Chipres, the Planning and Development Director's Assistant for 3 months this Summer.

Elissa Mardiney was born and raised in Rosendale, a small town in upstate New York.