Spanish American Institute of International Education - SAIIE - Accommodation

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Welcome

All students participating in our program are placed in carefully screened Spanish homes, usually in pairs. Living in a Spanish home is one of the most important aspects of the students’ intercultural experience because it helps to improve language skills and increase cultural awareness, two key goals of the program.

Naturally, adjustments with regard to customs, food, and heat must be anticipated by the students. SAIIE does take dietary and other personal restrictions into consideration when assigning students to their host family.

The principal goals of increased fluency in the language and greater familiarity with the culture are an integral element of the experience that SAIIE strives to provide. Therefore, all students must live in Spanish homes; that is, no students are allowed to live independently in their own apartments or in any other housing situation that is not approved by and under the direct supervision of the Institute's staff.

Host Family Information

All students will receive their host family information UPON ARRIVAL into Seville. Our Student Affairs Department will provide airport pick-up.  Host family information is released at the airport pick-up.  If it is the case that students arrive outside the airport pick-up hours, then host family information will be released via email or phone. 

All students are housed with other students studying abroad at SAIIE. Each student will have 1 to 3 roommates. Students can list another student on the program they wish to house with on their accommodation questionnaire located in their online application. NO roommate information is released prior to arrival. 

Location
Students can easily walk from their homestay to SAIIE, with travel times ranging between 15 and 30 minutes. If students would like to rent a bike while in Seville, the city has an excellent bike rental program called Sevici which many past students have used.

Meals
The host family will provide breakfast and mid-day meals Monday through Friday and evening meals Sunday through Thursday.  The remaining meals must be arranged and paid for out-of pocket by the student. 

Wi-Fi
Internet may or may not be available in the home, but wi-fi is easily accessible at local cafes and at SAIIE. 

Laundry
Each student is allowed 1 load of laundry per week, which is washed by the host family. 

Student Testimonials

"Without Fina, Loli and SAIIE, Sevilla would just be another trip, but they made it an unforgettable journey."

When people ask me what made my time in Sevilla so memorable and enjoyable, I always respond with "my teacher and host mom."

Fina, my host mom, took me in as my own. She was an amazing cook and made us tradition Spanish food! It was so nice not having to spend money during week on groceries or having to worry about making my own meals. If we were gone for a meal, she'd always pack us a lunch or dinner. She took care of my roommate and I when we became sick. It felt like she truly cared about us. She did everything from cleaning our bathroom to making us food to making our bed! Fina was a great way to practice my Spanish. She sat and talked with us every night and we'd watch Spanish television. Needless to say, once I left Spain, they were my hardest goodbyes. Without Fina, Loli and SAIIE, Sevilla would just be another trip, but they made it an unforgettable journey.

Kaylee Beevers
Uniiversity of Wisconsin-River Falls
Fall 2016 

"I felt that by living with a Spanish family, my experience went so much deeper than an American student simply learning at a Spanish school."

The homestay experience was amazing and my Senora generously opened her home to me in a way that made me feel completely comfortable.  She was sweet, kind, loving, and caring. I felt that by living with a Spanish family, my experience went so much deeper than an American student simply learning at a Spanish school.

Angela  Ziolkowski
High Point University
Spring 2015 

"I would recommend living with a family to anyone who wants to study abroad."

Living with a family for me was a great and rewarding experience. It helped me become more immersed in the language as well as learn about Spanish culture on a deeper level.  I would recommend living with a family to anyone who wants to study abroad, you will gain a new perspective and outlook on life.

Colleen Henke
High Point University
Spring 2013

Contact Us

For more information on housing, please contact the Student Affairs Director, Elena García Fernández at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. 

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