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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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Our director Stuart Chipres signed a partnership with Jesús Díaz Vidal, Director of the International Bureau EUSA a few weeks ago.  Special thanks goes to Sean Chipres, the Planning and Development Director at SAIIE, for establishing contact with them and setting up meetings with them.  This partnership would not have been possible without him! 

EUSA is a Private University College affiliated with University of Seville and, hence, their degrees and courses are in alignment with the Spanish Ministry of Education and European Higher Education Area requisites.  EUSA faculty is accredited and authorized to teach at the Higher Education level through University of Seville’s Venia Docendi.


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Here at SAIIE, we are always trying to improve and strive to be better in our academic curriculum in new and innovative ways.  After we have just signed our new partnership with EUSA.  One of our values is to cater to our partner universities and students needs and wishes as much as possible, as we are very grateful to them, and would not be where we are without them.  


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Here at SAIIE, we like to keep up to date with our Alumni.  For us they are still very much apart of the SAIIE family.  Our aim is to help students reach their academic potential, and at the same encourage them to develop on a personal level, particularly through our Sports Programs.